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Revealed: Gautam Adani's coal play in the state facing global-warming hell

The extraction of mammoth coal deposits in Queensland's Galilee Basin will only exacerbate climate change. Who supports the mines - and why?

 

Anna Krien: Mayor Jenny Hill needs to take a deep breath and consider her legacy

I enjoyed meeting the Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill in February this year. I found her a warm and wry person and she struck me as a fighter, someone you’d want in your corner. The problem however, with being such a vocal and determined fighter is that when it comes to the Adani proposed project, Hill — like many others — has boxed herself into a corner.

 

Pauline Hanson's One Nation 'wouldn't last a week without her', David Marr says

Journalist David Marr says he likes Pauline Hanson's voice; he likes it in the way he liked Julia Gillard's voice. It cuts through, it is distinctive.

David Marr talks Pauline Hanson's appeal and One Nation's ambitions of expanding into Tasmania

For David Marr’s latest Quarterly Essay contribution, the decorated journalist drew on his experience accompanying One Nation leader Pauline Hanson on the campaign trail in Tasmania 20 years ago.

Politics podcast: David Marr on Pauline Hanson’s star power

In his latest Quarterly Essay, journalist David Marr delves into why Pauline Hanson attracts so much attention. Looking at figures from the last election, Marr also paints a portrait of those voting for One Nation.

Extract: Looking back, and angry: what drives Pauline Hanson's voters

In an extract from his new Quarterly Essay, David Marr finds that One Nation voters are richer, more urban and more liberal than you might expect. But they are profoundly nostalgic, display an unusual gloom and share a vehemently anti-government streak

Extract: David Marr on Pauline Hanson's political dalliance with John Howard

David Marr has been watching Pauline Hanson since she first hit the national stage in divisive style in 1996. He reflects on the way the federal MP has unnerved big- and small-I liberals.

News: Your handy guide to political newspeak

David Marr on how to combat unwelcome ideas about sex, women, human rights and especially race.

News: Helen Razer on Stan Grant's Australian Dream

‘Like all the world’s most horrific complexes, racism is a difficult thing to describe. You may know it very well when you see it, and, if you’re a person of colour, you will see it vividly and often. But, this does not by necessity mean you can trace its historic origins, or plot the way it is likely to adapt over region and time. This labour is one we must demand from our intellectuals—these are the only people with the time to do it. In a new Quarterly Essay The Australian Dream, journalist Stan Grant obliges. He takes the time to chart a part of that horrific complex as it has played out, and continues to play out, in our nation.’

Read Helen Razer on Stan Grant's Australian Dream in the Daily Review.

News: 'Can an Aborigine be a Smiths fan? I can be whatever I damn like'

‘What do I have in common with the Jews? I hardly have anything in common with myself.’ —Franz Kafka

Read an extract from The Australian Dream online at the Sydney Morning Herald.

News: America in a time of Trump and Clinton

Don Watson was recorded in conversation with Paul Barclay at the Brisbane Powerhouse on September 25, 2016.

Their conversation is now available to listen to online.

News: Don Watson: Donald Trump's political rise hints at modern take on fascism

‘Millions of Americans feel they have been robbed of their birthright. The country's wealth, history and traditions have been subverted or gifted to others. The American future is not theirs. They were losing long before the Great Recession, and since it hit they've lost even more. The greatest country on earth is becoming someone else's: that's if it still is the greatest country. Hell, when did they last win a war? An actual shooting war? Grenada?’

Read an extract from Enemy Within by Don Watson in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Events

Event: Benjamin Law in conversation with Mary Lou Rasmussen

Benjamin Law and Mary Lou Rasmussen will be in conversation on Benjamin's new Quarterly Essay, Sexuality, Schools and the Media , which asks "Are Australian schools safe?" And if they're not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

Date: 19 September 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Auditorium, China in the World Building, 188 Fellows Lane, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2603.
Tickets: This is a free event. Please book online.

Event: Benjamin Law in conversation with Professor Tedd Snell

Learnability Professional Development, UWA Cultural Precinct, City of Perth Library and Boffins Books and pleased to invite you to attend a compelling public discussion featuring Benjamin Law on Sexuality, Schools and the Media.

Are Australian schools safe? And if they’re not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

In 2016 the Safe Schools program became the centre of an ideological firestorm. In QE67 Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened. He weaves a subtle, gripping account of schools today, sexuality, teenagers, new ideas of gender fluidity, tabloid media scares and mental health.

Looking at the perils for those of uncertain or shamed sexual identity, and bullying of the vulnerable young, he brings to light hidden worlds, in an essay notable for its humane clarity.

This presentation will be chaired by Professor Tedd Snell, Chief Cultural Officer, UWA Cultural Precinct. 

Date: 12 September 2017
Time: 6:15pm
Venue: University Club of Western Australia - Auditorium, Cnr Stirling Hwy and Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009, Entrance #1, Carpark #3.
Tickets: $12. Please book online.