Today the Commonwealth exists as an organisation in search of a rationale.
Without a clear full stop there can be no certainty that the unravelling of the British Empire has ended even now.
A reversion to imperial imbalance in the British-Australian relationship began with the Whitlam government’s election and ended with its dismissal.
The continued embargo on documents relating to the dismissal of the Whitlam government point to the lingering imperial power that comes from an incomplete severance of colonial ties.
The Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast will set the scene for a year of challenges for this grouping of nations.
We are so accustomed to hearing about American exceptionalism that British exceptionalism is rarely discussed.
The status of facts and their use in politics hasn’t changed as a result of Donald Trump’s election.
In politics, alternative facts exist. And they always have.
Donald Trump may not have been the 1%’s preferred candidate, but he embodied its message.
Making self-interest seem normal and a commitment to fairness an elite aberration has been a long-term project.
An aerial shot of discarded life jackets on the Greek island of Lesvos.
In late 2015, 200,000 refugees a month were arriving on the Greek island of Lesvos. Tasos Markou went there to photograph their plight - and ended up joining the locals to help the new arrivals.
Donald Trump constantly invoked the idea of political correctness gone mad in his presidential campaign.
Populist leaders not only attack the institutions of global capital, they also disregard the checks and balances of institutional democracy.
Surely, things were easier in the past.
There has been much attention paid to the widespread resurgence of populism. Restorationism in Western democracies is a subset of this.
Fishing boats docked at Hobart, Tasmania
Science is supremely beautiful, but can also be brutal and unforgiving if you stray from the well-worn pathways.
Are the millennials doomed to be nomads, locked out of the home-ownership market forever?
Owning a home has deep cultural and economic connotations. A home owner is a member of a street, a community. They are a successful adult human. They own a piece of the pie, the dream.
In a country consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable, we’ve somehow developed a deadly disregard toward our own welfare.
All the awareness campaigns have had little effect on the 'garden variety' mental illness that’s causing most of the disability and death.
Can technology help us to beat death?
How far would you go to better your life, to live longer, to beat death? And how much can technology help us in that quest?
With the steelworks under a cloud, Whyalla continues to fluctuate between hope and despair.
Decades of expansion for Whyalla were followed by decades of contraction. Whyalla has seen optimism and idealism but also, if not despair, then its close neighbours, alienation and apathy.
Before the AFL, there was the much better, much cooler, much more local SANFL.
Footy isn’t just the dominant spectator sport and topic of conversation in South Australia. It’s a salve.
Marcoo was a 1.4 kilotonne ground-level nuclear test carried out at Maralinga in 1956. The contaminated debris was buried at this site in the 1967 clean-up known as Operation Brumby.
History is writ large in the remote areas around Woomera and the Nullarbor: from the fossils of microscopic, cell-like creatures to ancient stone tools to the deitrus of rocket tests and the painful legacy of the Maralinga atomic blasts.
Chris Wallace (centre) in 1966 with brother Ron and father Arch.
For once in its life, under the premiership of Don Dunstan, South Australia felt like the very centre of the universe.
As per tradition Malcolm Turnbull has hosted the annual Prime Minister’s XI cricket match.
Since his ascendancy, the currently trim and muscular-looking Malcolm Turnbull has – for an Australian prime minister – had unusually little to say about sport.
Whichever way you look at it, Australian rules football makes a clear difference for the better in people’s lives.
In their hearts, everyone associated with the AFL knows the decline in the community is real.
Sport continues to be one of Australia’s most potent social lubricants.
Public discourse and commentary are generally blind to the massive contribution that local sport contributes to social connectedness.
Footballer Adam Goodes was daring to speak of things that many Australians would prefer to be ignorant of.
Until we see a marked change in the stories that are told, together with a shift from inclusion to social justice, the national story of Australian sport will remain very, very white.