Digging into the resource curse

The life stories of four mining magnates illuminate where Australia’s economy is headed, writes Michael Gilding. The political and social effects could be profound

05 Mar 14 | Comments (0)

Between pernicious nationalism and watery liberalism

In her latest book political philosopher Martha Nussbaum looks at what drives people apart and how we can bridge those divides, writes Janna Thompson

25 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Red in tooth and claw

Politics is hard and democracy is messy. Brett Evans reviews two new books that help explain why it doesn’t all end in disaster

21 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Doing the dirty work

An attack on the unions won’t necessarily have the expected political impact, writes Frank Bongiorno

19 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

On trial for hacking: the story so far

It’s now the defence’s turn to put its case in the News International phone-hacking trial in London. Rodney Tiffen untangles the testimony to date

13 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Labor’s Green opportunity

Labor’s combative relationship with the Greens reflects its failure to develop a genuine counter-narrative to the Coalition worldview, argues Dennis Altman

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New York: where political finance never sleeps

As the Australian Electoral Commission releases political finance data for the year to June 2013, Graeme Orr visits a New York organisation that can teach us a lot about timely transparency

04 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (2)