Law, ethics & philosophy
Peak: Changing the Way We Talk About Ageing
With Peak: Reinventing Middle Age, co-authors Don Edgar and Patricia Edgar have focussed on new ways our society can rethink the ageing of its population. Drawing on a unique combination of statistics, personal stories and scholarly research, the book looks particularly at Australians aged between 50 and 75 – what the authors argue is our ‘peak’ age – in…
Reporting the Gender Reckoning
In October last year, the New York Times published the first story alleging decades of sexual misconduct from Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein.
As more allegations arise – against Weinstein and others; inside and outside of Hollywood – the Times continues to play a crucial role in the evolving #metoo movement. But what were the barriers, in the media and in…
This is Not a Drill with Ali Moore
A Hypothetical Crisis in the South China Sea
What if maritime forces of the United States and China clash in the South China Sea, and Australia is called on to come to America’s aid? How far would we be willing to go in a skirmish between our strongest military ally and our biggest trading partner?
At the first event in our This is Not a Drill series, Ali…
Barry Hill: Reason and Lovelessness
Poet, essayist, journalist, critic, editor, novelist, historian, librettist – Barry Hill is one of Australia’s most versatile and distinguished writers; he has won Premier's Awards for poetry, non-fiction, and the essay.
Across genre, form and discipline, he’s been drawn again and again to the big subjects: questions of history, human psychology, politics and spirituality.
His new book, Reason and Lovelessness…
Griffith Review: Commonwealth Edition
For many of us, the Commonwealth is associated, for better or for worse, with the old days of British colonial rule: cricket whites, tea plantations, ‘God Save the Queen’.
But whatever our collective ideas around this unusual global entity are, they likely won’t last much longer. The member states have a combined population of 2.4 billion people and more than…
How Do Writers Get Paid?
The past decade or so has seen incredible changes in how we read. New devices, platforms and marketplaces for books have risen and fallen, while traditional publishing houses and booksellers have adapted to suit readers’ changing habits and preferences. But how have things changed for authors? In the midst of all the upheaval, who’s looking out for them – and what role…
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Journalism, Ethics & the Bottom Line
Any hope senior New Limited executives might have harboured that fallout from the phone hacking scandal might be quarantined in the UK seems to be fading. The Nation, an openly progressive weekly, has republished a 2008 report in which a former executive of Fox News, which is openly conservative, alleged that the network engaged in phone hacking.
This comes after the FBI last week…
New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism
2016 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism: ‘Live and Dangerous: Journalism and the Real-Time Social Web’: Emily Bell
Lunchbox / Soapbox
Susan Harris Rimmer on Why Refugee Law is Difficult … Even Without the Politics
The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions
Is religion ever more important than democracy? Questions about rules
Explaining Japanese ‘Good Behaviour'
A report in Slate looks into why there has been so little looting in Japan since the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis. Looting is a common problem in most countries after major disasters, but observers have noted the lack of it in Japan since a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit more than a fortnight ago. Moreover, the Japanese reaction has been typified by a…
A Look at Antipodean Pulp
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In Holland, he’s referred to as the grootmeester - the grand master. In Australia, he’s Michael who? As a recent feature in The Age highlighted, Michael Robotham is one of those Australian writers who sell much better overseas than they do here. While he usually sells around 50,000 copies of his books in Australia, Robotham says he can expect to…
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