Australia’s timewarp island was the setting for atrocities against Aborigines in the 19th century and has a harsh treatment of asylum seekers today. Yet many see Australia as a liberal hope for the future.
Big coastal cities do not always get good coverage, let alone the outback.
Douglas Alexander's Notebook.
Julia Gillard was ousted, and now Australia has Kevin Rudd again: the party’s answer to hatred of the party.
The party fundraiser menu that offered to "serve up" parts of Australian PM Julia Gillard was offensive, no doubt about it. But it's refreshing to see some honest, in-your-face sexism for a change, rather than the kind that flies under the radar.
His campaign was a disturbing example of politics at its most crass and exploitative.
<em>Pokarekare ana / Nga wai o waiapu / Whiti atu koe hine / Marino ana e.</em>
The party's historic machinery – its support from the trade union movement and its factional networks – is collapsing.
Gillard has returned Australia to its historic relationship with Washington, similar to that of an eastern European satellite with Moscow.
The story of an Australian hero whose skin was the wrong colour encapsulates the tragedy of centuries of abuse of Aboriginal people’s rights.
Dangerous restriction on liberty, or "unslippery slippery dip"?
Australia’s sports administration and Olympian “stars”, from Nick D’Arcy to John Booth, are sad relics of a racially biased past that produced Shane Gould, Evonne Goolagong and Cathy Freeman.
Mandatory sentencing isn't so scary if you would quite like jail
The talent is there, if only we could get our hands on a bottle.
What the outcome of Cameron's Indonesian tour means for relationships between London and Jakarta
Qantas, the oldest continuously operating airline, was also the world’s safest . . . until it got taken out of public ownership.
As commentators from Germaine Greer to Anne Summers fawn over the hawkish prime minister, John Pilger in Sydney wonders what happened to sisterly solidarity.
Simply scrap 2012 and move to 2013 where things can only get better.
The problem in this debate is not people smuggling.
News Corp papers across the world propagate the myth that prejudice has no effect on the lives of modern-day Aboriginal people.
As Washington releases another wave of terror on a faraway land, the Australian prime minister is reviving the spirit of Gallipoli and preparing her country to play its old role of deputy sheriff to Uncle Sam.
As Melbourne debates the merits of the myki travel card and New Zealand recovers from disaster, some
Corruption and the cult of the market have made a natural disaster into an outrage.
Rain, hail and toxic sludge – this Briton picked a bad time to move to to Queensland.
“I had more power before but I’ve got more influence now”
As politicians get bogged down in debating complicated strategies to fight climate change, Mark Stev
The former pop star and cryptographer who knows how to save the world.
Potentially dangerous gases hinder the rescue operation
Presenter Paul Henry leaves job after diplomatic protest from Indian government.