Dark Emu’s Critics

Whereas The Politics of Suffering, both essay and book, found a white audience willing to embrace his conservative view of Aboriginal people, Sutton’s promotion of Aboriginal permanence in this book has likely missed the contemporary zeitgeist.

Missing the Value of Care

The contemporary punitive turn in Australian social security features disinvestment from actual payments made to individuals...as well as investment in punitive mutual-obligation programs such as ParentsNext.

How Many Ways Can We Say ‘Sorry’ Without Consequence?: Scott Morrison refines the art of non-apologising

The big general point here is that in contemporary social life, non-apologising…has become a political art form, while responding to wicked problems at the heart of our crisis is reduced to minor policy changes and some funding injections.

Misogyny and Tunisia’s Parliamentary Freeze

What is the point of having many women MPs if they suffer chronic abuse in parliament?

“Freedom Day”: Thatcherism’s Last Gasp?

UK news reports say that many, perhaps a majority, will continue to avoid crowded venues even after ‘Freedom Day’. But of course that is of little use; a minority of 5 to 10 per cent letting rip is sufficient to turn these places into spreader hubs.

Care in the Time of COVID

Care has become visible in a new way during the COVID-19 crisis. Its availability and limits have become part of the stakes of the crisis.

Why Study Economics?

Economics students should be exposed to big-picture issues. Why so much brutality in the growth of material ‘prosperity’, and was/is it inevitable? Why do economic systems vary across ‘capitalist’ countries? Whence came the welfare state and why the decades of attacks on it?

Missile Rain

The United States’ enemies can no longer assume they are dealing with an erratic amateur who can be taken advantage of. Normal maintenance of a substantially extended empire has been resumed.

Loaded Words: The Yarra Valley Writers Festival

Resilience is a handy cover: it seems that when people ask others to be resilient, they often mean that they want them to put up with circumstances they wouldn’t themselves enjoy.

Cybernetic Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics

China’s Social Credit System is a compelling manifestation of cybernetic capitalism—of how financial mechanisms interlock with other systems of social control, by combining mass surveillance, gamified corporate loyalty programs, and debt peonage.

Witness K: Gangster Capitalism Meets Kafka

Australia remains…one of the most secretive and, it should be said, punitive democracies when it comes to dealing with its public servants and whistleblowing.

Lest We Forget: The Harmful Policy Legacies of the Northern Territory Intervention

Fourteen years on, one looks back sadly at the devastation and havoc wreaked by the Intervention, with contemporary morbidity—long-term ill effects—experienced by many whom the imposed measures were supposed to heal and restore.

Hot Air? John Garnaut’s Novel Approach to Accuracy

The judge said, ‘I have serious doubts about the honesty and reliability of at least one aspect of Mr Garnaut’s evidence…’

Big Brother is watching French academia

Anyone teaching or researching racism, colonialism or Islamophobia will be accused of ‘Islamo-leftism’

A Genealogy of Aged Care

Older people are now expected to navigate highly complex markets for residential or home care, staffed by a decreasingly professionalised, low-paid workforce.

Empire of the Dead: The Fossil Fuel Order and the clean-energy rebellion

The reality is that none of our cherished futures are possible if the burning of coal, oil and gas remains business as usual; the fond horizon will be a bitter mirage for as long as the Fossil Fuel Order stands.