Celebrating arrival

Celebrating arrival

By Greg Spearritt Australia Day, celebrated – or mourned – on January 26, marks the arrival of the First Fleet ships at Port Jackson. So much about the arrival of the British is surprisingly little-known by contemporary Australians, however. Botany Bay, for a start,...
A Catholic president

A Catholic president

By John Carr The new President’s Catholicism has been mentioned throughout the election campaign. Since Biden’s victory and, even more, since his inauguration, commentators of all stripes have been exploring in more detail how he stands in relation to the...
Without a vision?

Without a vision?

By Greg Spearritt Anwen Crawford, music critic with The Monthly, has an interesting take on a fundamental shift in identity formation. In our capitalist culture youth identity is strongly linked to what we consume, and in the 20th century pop music was the primary...
Do what you’re told

Do what you’re told

Rodney Eivers considers reactions to COVID-19 restrictions As the hours and minutes drew near to 6 p.m. on Friday 8th January 2021, for Brisbane’s short sharp lockdown in response to the coronavirus I found myself strangely at odds with some of my family and...
Paranoia and prayer

Paranoia and prayer

By Greg Spearritt What nation pops to mind when you hear the words “conspiracy theory”? While Australia has its share of conspiracism, it’s a lightweight in comparison to the US of A. And what distinguishes America from other western nations is religiosity. 55 percent...