Essays & reportage

Cold war, soft diplomacy

As the Cold War intensified in the mid fifties, Australia saw a special role for itself in disseminating information and propaganda in Southeast Asia, writes Alan Fewster

14 Jan 14 |

Whitlam, the 1960s and the program

The cyclones of the late 1960s and early 1970s didn’t shape the Whitlam government as much as gentler breezes that began blowing in the 1950s and early 1960s, writes Frank Bongiorno in this extract from The Whitlam Legacy

16 Dec 13 |

The Brandis agenda

Armed with an ambitious political and legal agenda, the new attorney-general faces a testing time, write Shipra Chordia and Andrew Lynch

04 Dec 13 |

Coming, ready or not

Technology is going to drive the first revolution in schooling since the invention of the printing press, says Dean Ashenden. But it’s not just a matter of the machinery

19 Nov 13 |

History, heritage and the ageing dictator

Uzbekistan is still writing and rewriting its own history, reports a recently returned R.J.B. Bosworth

31 Oct 13 |

Loving Europe

Charmian Clift’s Peel Me a Lotus has inspired Australian women travel writers for over half a century, but the result has been a quite different kind of writing, says Susan Carson

23 Oct 13 |

Race in the dock

A murder trial in Alice Springs held up a mirror to the town’s dealings with issues of race, writes Kieran Finnane, and the inter-racial dynamics turned out to be not nearly as clearcut as might be expected

14 Oct 13 |

How Big Tobacco’s divide-and-conquer strategy exposed the EU’s flaws

Unlike Australia, the European Union buckled on plain packaging in the face of fierce lobbying, writes James Panichi. Still not satisfied, the tobacco industry sought to delay new regulations, exposing problems within the EU bueaucracy