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Noted freedom lover and IPA fan Tony Abbott. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Enter the right-wing freedom paradox, if you dare

Australia's biggest "commies" aren't raving greenies, but rather the freedom-loving right, like the bright boys and girls at the IPA.

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Bogomil Mihaylov)

The media legacy of a forgotten comic's extraordinarily racist act

Beers' legacy is more than just another illustration of the contortions journalists will perform to avoid calling something racist.

Image: Unsplash/Sérgio Rola

The little party that could

The amazing story of how the Revolutionary Communist Party got into No. 10 Downing Street, Brexit and News Corp.

Indigenous inventor David Unaipon seen on the $50 note. (Image: AAP/Dan Peled)

Indigenous innovations and inventions you may not have heard about

Australia has a history of Indigenous innovation dating back millennia, much of which has been kept from the history books by institutionalised racism. Now, some are trying to change that.

Poppies at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne (Image: AAP/Tracey Nearmy)

The charade of silence in a nation of noise

The dignity of private reflection has never been the case for us on Anzac Day. The silence I would like to afford the dead was shattered from the start.

Roxane Gay and Christina Hoff Sommers in the This Is 42 artwork for the event.

What's the point of a political grudge match?

Roxane Gay's latest tour with conservative Christina Hoff Sommers was pitched as "meeting of the minds". It shouldn't come as a surprise that it ended in a mess.

The virtue of shellfishness

Jordan Peterson is the very instant gratification he warns against.

The glory hole to be displayed at the upcoming Western Australian Museum.

Is this a glorious new dawn for LGBTIQ history?

"The gays are out of the closet now and we aren’t going back.”

Un-Australia Day: curing the nationalistic itch

Australia Day has little do with Australia as a political construct. Do we really need this grotesque distortion of history?

(Image: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo/Netflix)

Why we should expect less from Marie Kondo

No, the cult tidying expert's method won't save you but it is a salve for a hopelessly chaotic mind.