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No Poetry After the Arts Council? Quadrant’s Funding Cut

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After being funded by the CIA, having received over a million dollars in Government subsidies, Quadrant magazine has sustained collateral damage from George Brandis’ cuts to Australia Council funding. It didn’t take long for editor Keith Windschuttle to blame someone, predictably ‘the left [which] remains in control of the arts’. Instead of identifying enemies, Windschuttle might examine the market and its effect on the culture he seeks to defend. Now the Australia Council has thrown his publication fully into this very mechanism, there’s no time like the present.

A Question for Nick Xenophon

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Senator Xenophon says the two-party system is so suffocating that politicians don’t do what they believe is the right thing. The Nick Xenophon Team, however, will be about centrist choices because according to Xenophon the choice shouldn’t be between Right and Left but between right and wrong. This sounds good, but how will NXT avoid the suffocating effect on its parliamentary members and what will count as right and wrong? What, politically, is its ‘big picture’ for Australia?

Arena podcasts

Arena Publications Podcast #2: From Cold War to Hot Planet 01 (15/11/13) – Humphrey McQueen and Raewyn Connell

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The first of a series of recordings from Arena’s 50th anniversary symposium, “From Cold War to Hot Planet”, held at the University of Melbourne in November 2013 and co-hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre and Arena Publications. This first recording features freelance historian Humphrey McQueen and Professor Raewyn Connell, who opened proceedings by offering their perspectives on the Arena group and its cultural and political significance.

Climate Change is Not the Basic Issue

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GEOFF SHARP argues that the technoscience–capitalism convergence has supercharged climate change. We need a movement to tackle that.



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Can a Radically Human Project be Renewed in the Twenty-First Century?

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Guy Rundle Looking back over the period covered by the first decade of this magazine, we can see the final collapse of a certain idea of Left politics that began with the French Revolution and the monumental work of Marx. But from within these traditions we can perceive the possibility of a political project that more fully recovers our human being.