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Why do some people reach for the word “witch” to describe the women around them? Heks op de bezem, Kees Groeneveld, 1959.

Witches both mad and bad: a loaded word with an ugly history

Why did Peter Dutton choose 'witch' when describing Samantha Maiden? The word has a long history of misogyny – particularly towards outspoken or powerful women.
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 4 2015. Jonathan Drake/Reuters

The rhetorical brilliance of Trump the demagogue

An expert on American political rhetoric breaks down Donald Trump's rhetorical prowess, pointing to the various techniques the candidate has mastered.
Winston Churchill: a titan of oratory.

How to make a historic speech

Political speeches can teach us a great deal about how to win over an audience – and we can all apply the simple lessons.
A giant in thought: Helmut Schmidt. Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F048646-0033 / Wegmann, Ludwig / CC-BY-SA 3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Helmut Schmidt and Denis Healey, twin titans of another age

What would they have thought of today's pygmy politicians?
Circus posters. flickr

Circus and politics: a very Australian mix

Contemporary circus and circus-infused physical theatre are amongst Australia’s most innovative and in-demand cultural exports. It's a performance craft with a proud history behind it.

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