Commentary

'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

An Open Letter on the ABC

The Editors
20 July 2018
ABR shares many Australians’ concerns about the health and viability of the ABC. The threats are myriad and sustained. Funding cuts, political interference, and frequent taunts from News Corp have weakened the More

'The drama of it: Television comedy's new aesthetic' by James McNamara

James McNamara
25 May 2018

Since I wrote about the golden age of television for ABR’s first film and television issue in 2015, the medium has evolved. Streaming has roared to prominence, with online servi More

'Witch-hunt or a great awakening?: Tensions surrounding the #MeToo movement' by Felicity Chaplin

Felicity Chaplin
25 May 2018

Earlier this year, following the infamous Barnaby Joyce affair, Malcolm Turnbull called for a rethink of the parliamentary code of conduct to ensure this ‘shocking error of judgement’ More

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