Media, books & the arts

Different diagnoses, different cures

Has feckless Australia set itself up for a post-boom slump? Tom Westland reviews two new books that see the prospects quite differently

23 Jul 14 |

Virtuous cycling on the job

Can work be good for employees and employers? Helena Liu reviews a new book that wrestles with problems of workplace organisation, but doesn’t go quite far enough

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Too much talked of sin, too little of virtue

Sylvia Lawson reviews Omar and Calvary

17 Jul 14 |

Gay rights and gay wrongs

In its coverage of gay law reform over the past fifty years, the Australian has charted a course from pacesetter to curmudgeon, writes Graham Willett in this talk from last week’s conference on the paper’s fiftieth anniversary

15 Jul 14 |

In praise of the strong proprietor

The Australian exists because Rupert Murdoch is an old-fashioned media mogul willing to follow his instincts, argues former editor Mark Day in this talk from last week’s conference on the paper’s fiftieth anniversary

14 Jul 14 |

Wacky backy

The Australian waded into the tobacco packaging debate with a series of blunt assertions, writes Rodney Tiffen. Faced with a barrage of well-informed criticism, the paper dug in

12 Jul 14 |

When the bough breaks

A lullaby is a parent’s work song, writes Andrew Ford, even if the taskmaster isn’t paying attention to the words

06 Jul 14 |

Did the networks kill Homicide?

Three police shows axed in just one year. For some observers, it seemed like much more than a coincidence, writes Jock Given

02 Jul 14 |