Commentary

'This is the way the world ends' by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
12 May 2019

When truth is stranger than fiction, fiction is a potent source of truth. In the first week of the Trump administration, sales of 1984 increased by 9,500 per cent, catapulting Geo More

'Why do politicians find tax justice so hard?' by Daniel Halliday

Daniel Halliday
21 April 2019

As part of his budget speech to the House of Representatives in April, Josh Frydenberg, the federal treasurer, announced that his suite of policy changes would ‘deliver better outcomes f More

'Forced marriage: MAFS and reality television’s chamber of horrors' by Alecia Simmonds

Alecia Simmonds
25 March 2019

Perched on the precipice of the Blue Mountains, Leura is both quiet and wild, a place of misty romance, sylvan charm, and middle-class entitlement. I am here because some friends have offe More

'The resilience of non-fiction publishing' by Dominic Kelly

Dominic Kelly
10 February 2019

The University of Melbourne’s announcement on 30 January 2019 that Melbourne University Publishing would henceforth ‘refocus on being a high-quality scholarly press in support of the U More

'A tribute to Dorothy Porter' by Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith
27 November 2018

I heard the Egypt story countless times, but then Dorothy Porter believed that if a story was worth telling, it warranted multiple retellings. In the late 1980s, before Dot and I met, she More

Protecting the national interest? by Joy Damousi

Joy Damousi
22 November 2018

In October, the Australian research and academic community was angered by the revelation that the former Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, vetoed eleven Austra More

The ARC Controversy

Margaret Gardner, et al.
22 November 2018

ABR has asked thirteen academics to respond to revelations that Education Minister Simon Birmingham had vetoed eleven Australian Research Council grants despite the Australian Res More

'The art of pain: Writing in the age of trauma' by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
25 October 2018

Inspirational Memoirs, Painful Lives, Real Lives – these were the polite terms, the labels you might find on bookshop shelves, but the term that stuck was Misery Literature. The books ha More

'Aluminium dreams' by Lauren Rickards

Lauren Rickards
25 September 2018

In the Melbourne Museum is a collection of rainforest leaves. Wafer thin, they are not part of the forest gallery that gives visitors a taste of Victoria’s modern-day temperate rainfores More

Strange Times for Artistic Practice

Peter Tregear
03 August 2018

We live in strange days. Matters once unlikely to raise a flicker of public criticism can now quickly became raging bushfires of self-righteous anger. Such is the accelerant power of social media. Our public discourse is, however, rarely the better for it. Subtlety and nuance are all too frequently sacrificed on the altar of a supposed moral clarity that, among othe ... More

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