Commentary

'Adani and the Galilee Basin' by Susan Reid

Susan Reid
22 September 2017

No amount of modelling or scientific assessment can foresee the full extent of the damage that will eventuate if the Adani Group’s Carmichael Coal Mine goes ahead. It would be the larges More

'The same-sex marriage debate' by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
16 August 2017

For decades, centuries, millennia, homosexuals (here as elsewhere) have been insulted, blackmailed, beaten, incarcerated, and murdered. Even now homosexuality remains one of the principal More

Letter from Paris

Phoebe Weston-Evans
25 May 2017

Springtime allows Parisians to indulge their predilection for life en terrasse. Trees and gardens are blooming, neighbourhood markets and squares are coming alive, and the newly pedestrianised right bank of the Seine is busy with walkers and cyclists.

A rollerblading poet stopped to cadge some tobacco from a friend of mine as we were sitting outside a bar on ... More

'The Copyright of Albert Namatjira' by Colin Golvan

Colin Golvan
30 March 2017

You see them driving from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs, the majestic ghost white river gums depicted so faithfully in the paintings of Albert Namatjira. You would think you were looking a More

Inga Clendinnen: An Appreciation by Jay Winter

Jay Winter
23 February 2017

Inga Clendinnen, who died in Melbourne on 8 September 2016, was an historian whose primary research interest was the exploration of the social conditions of extreme violence in different periods and societies. She was born Inga Vivienne Jewell, the youngest of four children, in Geelong in 1934. Her father had a cabinet and furniture workshop, the income of which he ... More

Whatever it takes: A chronicle of failure and deceit in the Chilcot Report by Ross McKibbin

Ross McKibbin
22 February 2017

The publication of the much-delayed Chilcot Report on the origins and consequences of Britain’s participation in the Iraq war has had its resonances, but they would have been more profound had it been published two or three years ago. It is hard on John Chilcot that his Report has had to compete in the public mind with Brexit and Donald Trump. Furthermore, in a ge ... More

The City of Palaces by Gabriel García Ochoa

Gabriel García Ochoa
19 December 2016

Describing Mexico City without tripping over a cliché is not easy. Vibrant, colourful, dangerous, loud, exhilarating, rich in history and gastronomic delights, it’s all been ...

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Hydra as intimate theatre by Paul Genoni

Paul Genoni
25 November 2016

In late 1963, Rodney Hall – an aspiring but unpublished poet and novelist – travelled through Greece’s Saronic islands with his wife and their infant daughter. Shortly after ...

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'The god of cheaper prices: New threats to our literary culture from the Productivity Commission' by Colin Golvan

Colin Golvan
24 October 2016

The federal government has been promoting the innovation economy, but is considering recommendations for legal reform which will undermine the financial and cultural interests ...

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'Bobbin Up by Dorothy Hewett' by Nicholas Jose

Nicholas Jose
26 September 2016

'Bobbin Up was written in 1958 during eight weeks of the coldest Sydney winter on record', recalled Dorothy Hewett in her introduction to the Virago Modern Classics reprint of her ...

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