Australia

If rugby is still a religion in New Zealand, how should its high priesthood respond to a crisis of faith?

If rugby is still a religion in New Zealand, how should its high priesthood...

Rugby football was the best of all our pleasures: it was religion and desire and fulfilment all in one. – John Mulgan, Report on Experience (1947) Since failing to win the 2019...
Media coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death began well, but quickly descended into farce

Media coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death began well, but quickly descended into farce

In Australia, as in Britain and the United States, professional mass media are part of the Establishment. This status even has its own name: the fourth estate. So at times...
why the monarchy is safe in Aotearoa New Zealand – for now

why the monarchy is safe in Aotearoa New Zealand – for now

New Zealanders with republican or just plain anti-monarchy sympathies will have been disappointed (though maybe not surprised) that the Queen’s death has not triggered a more critical conversation about the...
When it comes to family violence, young women are too often ignored

When it comes to family violence, young women are too often ignored

Recent evidence shows the scale of sexual violence against women and children in Australia has been severely underestimated. Family violence is a key driver. Yet, young women are currently invisible...