Tag: Politics

PNG Politics, by Damien Kingsbury

Prime Minister O’Neill steps down as the wolves circle

Trump’s Trajectory? by John Hinkson

The stakes are high and feelings volatile. This is where we are now.

The Cost of Trump’s Victory

11 Nov 2016

Progressivism has to take some of the blame and will have to deeply reconsider its project if we are to counter the forces of Trumpism.

Chameleon Clinton the ‘Saviour of Children’

4 Nov 2016

In today’s race for the White House, falsehoods and deceptions are no longer marginal to political debate but rather shape much of what is said by US presidential candidates. This is shockingly true for Trump, who has organised much of his campaign around endless fabrications, sending fact-checkers into a frenzy of activity. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton has earned a reputation as a chameleon, willing to say almost anything to promote her political career.…

Diversity and Empire, by Guy Rundle

With Trump setting the agenda, Clinton retools 'diversity'

The National Cruelty, by Russell Marks

How to understand our attitude to refugees and detention regimes

Trump as Singularity, by Roland Kapferer

The American election will not take place

Brexit and After

7 Jul 2016

While many commentators have expressed relief that the financial dust has settled after the decision of UK voters to withdraw from the EU, there is reason to think they relax too soon. Certainly in terms of immediate effects the political shockwaves in the UK are catastrophic and any ‘solution’ for either of the main parties is likely to have a medium (and probably longer) term unraveling effect. On the one hand there is a basic…

Bumbling Boris the Confidence Trickster?

2 Jul 2016

Where EU leaders have got it wrong is that Brexit is less a crisis for Britain (though it is that), than the latest manifestation of a deep-seated European malady. A sense of the risk of the EU unravelling is alive in the air in Germany and France because the fear is that Brexit has launched a dangerous dynamic of EU disintegration that, if uncontrolled, may, like Brexit itself, prove unstoppable. Perhaps this is something of…

Malcolm Turnbull and the Australian Nation

30 Jun 2016

What Australia currently lacks is a political party or movement that could bring about a renewal of our nation that is based upon the people whose everyday realities are grounded here. At this stage, such a development needs writers, thinkers, activists and publications to tell the story.

Auditing Indigenous Poverty

Jon Altman

30 Jun 2016

A major challenge all political parties face is that Indigenous poverty is deeply embedded and structural and will take a long time, innovative policy and major investments to address. The diversity of Indigenous circumstances means that a diversity of approaches will be required, but the major parties are committed to mainstreaming or normalisation options. It is only the Greens that are serious about the recognition of difference and the need for approaches that emphasise social…

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

1 Jun 2016

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…