Tag: Australian Politics

Hard-Wired for Corruption: Arms Trading and Australia’s Lax Monitoring Regimes

There is little dispute among long-term arms industry researchers that it is the most corrupt industry on the planet.

Ambivalence about Albanese: A Reality Check on the Election

If ‘progressive politics’ cannot overcome growth fetishism and the cold logic of profit-maximisation, then we won’t survive progress in any desirable form.

Labor Legacies: What can we expect from an Albanese government?

Intergenerational theft is now so embedded in Australia’s policy architecture that young people will need a lot of cultivation.

Quarterly Editorial #10: The Election and the Glue that Binds

But nothing in the Labor Party vision speaks to the meaning of the combined crises that reach across personal life, economy, culture and environment, not to mention international borders. Each is a silo for policy.

‘Not a Politician’s Politician’: Remembering Moss Cass

Dr Moss Cass (1927–2022), former Labor politician and minister in the Whitlam government, was farewelled at a State Memorial last Monday. Flags atop government buildings were set at half-mast, and past and present Labor MPs, state and federal, as well as present and former leaders of the Greens, all came along. As did former treasurer […]

The election and the teals: the new social liberalism in a knowledge society

This is not only a new development in Australia, but in the anglosphere Westminster system, and it should not be underestimated or misunderstood.

The Moralism of Immoralism: On the Cultural Logic of ‘Sky After Dark’

The whole formation is woven through with odd, repurposed fragments of Marxist class analysis and theories of ideology.

As Politics Narrows, Divisions Deepen: A Note of the Election and the Left

Should Labor come to power on 21 May, the Left will have to think carefully about the terms in which it frames its opposition to what is sure to be a disappointing government.

Sold Out: The United Australia Party’s Nihilistic Patrician Populism

The reality recognised by the UAP, its candidates, and any genuine supporters seems to be that in an intensely competitive world, we would do well to align ourselves under the protection of a patrician.

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.

War Without, Rot Within: The Collapse of Australian Party Politics

The central political fact of our time…is the total de-representation of whole sectors of the population from the polity, or from any notion of a social whole, on a staggering and unprecedented scale.

Some (Un)intended Consequences

Without genuine oversight, openness and critique, this pandemic might change our social world in ways that are undesirable at best, and frightening at worst.