Media, books & the arts

Franz Ferdinand moments

The centenary of the first world war has begun, writes Jane Goodall, but Australia’s public broadcasters are still feeling their way

29 Jul 14 |

Alzheimer unease

Why do so many dementia researchers hold to a single theory so fervently? An unsettling new book throws light on entrenched beliefs, writes David Le Couteur

28 Jul 14 |

Almost migrants

New visa arrangements make it possible for international students to study and work in Australia for many years without necessarily being on a path to permanent residency, writes Peter Mares

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China wakes, Asia quakes, Australia shivers

A contest is under way, writes Graeme Dobell, but it will be more like a nineteenth-century battle than a twentieth-century clash

25 Jul 14 |

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 |