The historic Apology to the Stolen Generations was a potentially transformative step towards the righting of egregious wrongs. But were there dynamics at play that conspired to undermine its moral force?
In our current media-saturated age, content has become incidental to the real story, which is the entertainment-value of the political spectacle itself. Have politics and mass culture become too inextricably entwined to imagine one without the other?
As the intensity of the Australia Day protests has grown, so too has the push-back from those who want to keep 26 January as a day of particular patriotic sentiment. But can such counter-arguments be morally justified?
Given the seismic events that shook Western politics in 2016 – most notably, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump – what is most remarkable about 2017 has been its tedium. Politics has become decidedly petty, unambitious and self-referential.
What has come to be known as the ‘Weinstein effect’ may well prove the defining moment of 2017. But the fact that it took allegations of this severity to achieve such a cultural groundswell says something about our broader culture of complicity.
The Federal Government’s response to asylum seekers on Manus Island and to the claims of the First Nations are underwritten by contradictory political logics, but is there a deeper malaise that drives both?
Las Vegas joins a long and growing list of American cities to have been ravaged by mass gun violence. There is, it seems, a national mythos that puts gun possession beyond the reach of critical scrutiny for many Americans.