24 May 2007

Jindabyne: a guilt-trip from Down Under

The latest big film from Australia wants to be a deep study of the country's racial politics, but it's just a shallow take on a classic short story.

15 March 2007

Australians are uncouth? Rack off!

Last week’s TV column by Patrick West, in which he called Australians ‘white trash’, caused an uproar Down Under. An Aus journalist responds.

9 March 2007

Life in Oz: nothing like Neighbours

Answer me this - if things are so great Down Under, why do so many Aussies leave?

8 December 2006

5/12: the day English cricket died

England's performance in the Ashes was the daddy of all batting collapses.

7 September 2006

Crikey! He was only a TV presenter

He wasn’t a pope or royalty or a great leader. So what explains the international public mourning for croc-wrestler Steve Irwin?

28 July 2006

A seamy side to Sydney

Cate Blanchett’s deluxe, blue-ribbon aura sits uneasily in gritty Aussie drama Little Fish, but the film’s still worth seeing.

26 June 2006

Aussie rules in the Pacific

Why Australian prime minister John Howard is slated for supporting the war in Iraq but cheered for reconquering the Solomon Islands and East Timor.

16 August 2005

Warning from Australia: don’t legislate against hate

An Australian Muslim says that Victoria's laws against incitement to religious hatred have sown division, and undermined freedom of speech, thought and conscience.