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Review of Net Loss by Stephanie Trigg, The Conversation
The essay is a mosaic of cultural allusion that is meaningful precisely because it is held together by the narrative self that analyses and makes these connections.
Why your most personal moments are too precious for Instagram
Art critic Sebastian Smee has a message for all social media users this Christmas: it's OK to be alone with your own thoughts.
Review of Net Loss by Alex Tighe, Australian Book Review
You probably own a smartphone. Chances are it’s in your pocket right now, or at least within arm’s reach – don’t pick it up. Fight the habit.
Review of Net Loss by Stephen Romei, The Australian
Is addiction to screens ruining our lives?
Laura Tingle on leadership, and political self-indulgence
Australia has changed prime ministers five times in the last decade. Our national leaders have struggled and mostly failed to propose reforms, carry them through, and make them stick. Journalist Laura Tingle is asking the question: what has gone wrong with political leadership in Australia?
The Book Pod Ep 2 - 'I Hate The Way We're Played' with Laura Tingle
Join host Corrie Perkin and political journalist and writer Laura Tingle as they discuss Laura's latest Quarterly Essay ‘Follow the Leader – Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman’.
Getting the people behind the Uluru statement
The essay, Follow the Leader, from my perspective, is ultimately a challenge for those of us who are outside the system to look at ourselves as a fundamental part of the problem in Indigenous affairs. We allow our political leaders to remain comfortably ignorant. And while they are comfortably ignorant, they will fail us as leaders.
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
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.’