Governments assume giving public spaces like the Opera House and Federation Square to commercial interests will not harm them. It will.
Our sites of power and authority — the parliaments, courts and cathedrals — remain, while vast amounts of what made up the best parts of people's lives vanish without trace.
This embarrassing international incident highlights not only Australia’s stubborn refusal to act on the urgency of race, but the media's stubborn refusal to even listen.
We are small nation, but punch well above our weight when it comes to blithe racism.
Laurie Carmichael has died, the trade unionist who was for decades driven by one big idea: that Australian labour could not simply bargain for "more" but had to transform the conditions of life and society to create better jobs, better conditions, better lives.
The numerous controversies surrounding Steve Bannon's media appearances, including on our own Four Corners, have little to do with free speech.
Publishers are furious that Melbourne Writers Festival isn't about the printed word anymore, but the knowledge class' dirty secret is they would rather sink into Netflix than the printed word anyway.
In the face of increasingly absurd debate about Hitler and socialism, liberals would be wise to read up on the finer details before history repeats itself.
Progressives love to take shame in and disengagement from their own nation as both a necessary and sufficient political act. It isn't.
We now have a media and political culture in which the pressure is to be ever more extreme — which is why racism is now becoming part of "civilised discourse".