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Why Australian drama should be more political

After binging on House of Cards season two and concluding season three of Scandal, I’ve finally taken up with Borgen. I’m only a few episodes into the highly acclaimed Danish political drama but already, as with The West Wing long before it, I’m totally hooked. Which leads me to contemplate: where are all the good Aus Pol dramas? Read more »

Abbott and Brandis’ culture war backfires

What is supposed to happen in a culture war is that conservatives use a controversial issue to drive a ‘wedge’ through the left, forcing a split between factions. In Australia, this usually means pitting Catholic unionists against their socially liberal colleagues in the Labor party. Read more »

Is the Liberal Party living up to its name?

  One of the alluring aspects of right-wing politics is its insistence that sometimes the state is wrong. The tenets of liberalism – the philosophy upon which the Liberal Party is ostensibly based – as Elle Hardy recently put it, are ‘limited government, belief in the rights … Read more »

WikiLeaks Party was wrong about Syria

It should seem obvious that, as members of a political party dedicated to revealing the dirty truth about governments, getting your photo taken with a murderous dictator is a no-go. Apparently not. It is anyone’s guess how the WikiLeaks Party thought their delegation at the end of … Read more »

Humanities versus medicine: the Coalition’s funding battleground

Just prior to this year’s federal election, former Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey and Liberal MP Jamie Briggs (Chairman of the Scrutiny of Government Waste Committee) announced that one of the ways in which the Coalition would crack down on Labor’s financial waste would be through an audit … Read more »