Making sense of Australia’s place in the world, Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdoms.
Nicolle Flint MP on her career-ending mistreatment in politics; and how 'cancel culture' threatens democracy
Nicolle Flint MP talks about the sexist abuse she’s faced throughout her career, not from within her own party, but from political opponents and activists outside of Canberra; and does 'cancel culture' threaten what remains of our liberal public discourse, or is uncensored free speech a dangerous proposition?
Pat McGorry on the 'missing middle' of funding for mental health; and why things look good for post-COVID economic recovery
Should philanthropy have to fill the funding gap between state and federal government? Surely it is our leaders' responsibility to provide the mental health needs of all Australians; and while there is work to be done, Australia has done everything possible to economically recover from the pandemic.
300 years of prime ministership: the good, the bad and the ugly
British Robert Walpole served for 21 years as the very first prime minister. Robert Menzies held office in Australia for 18 years. What distinguishes a good prime minister from a bad one? Has the job become impossible?
Bangladesh- 50 years of independence; and how Trump accelerated the polarising of politics
Bangladesh was labelled a 'basket case' when independence was established. Now it is a booming nation. How did they do it? Also; Trump led America down the slippery slope of division, then left office. Can the wide-spread tension be resolved?
Could Syria be the new Lebanon?; Labor and the WA landslide; and is Putin reviving the 'iron curtain'?
A decade after the civil war, is Syria the new Lebanon?; The Labor party won the WA election in a landslide, but will Premier Mark McGowan go the distance?; and Putin's revival of the 'iron curtain'.
Why Australians chose liberalism over socialism; and will 'Megxit' prove to be worse than Brexit?
Global disasters can require deeper government intervention in the economy and society. Could some of the measures taken during the pandemic, remain in place after it passes? And what does it mean for liberalism?; Also, do Harry and Meghan have a point about the toxic royal 'firm', or is all this drama just jeopardising the reputation of the British institution?
Non left leaning on the ABC!
V v v good stuff