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The lesser of two evils

Are Labor and the Liberals distinguishable on Indigenous policy? Kyol Blakeney investigates

Right to silence laws weakened

Right to silence laws weakened

In NSW, right to silence laws have been changed. Hannah Ryan and Andrew Bell explain the cause for concern.

Department of Corrections – Tales from the Telegraph

Department of Corrections – Tales from the Telegraph

As the Herald switches to tabloid, The Daily Telegraph goes even more tabloid.

Critique: No, Prime Minister

Critique: No, Prime Minister

The ratings are in, and they’re not looking good, writes Neha Kasbekar

NUS a Toothless Tiger?

NUS a Toothless Tiger?

Does the National Union of Students (NUS) still have any relevance? Nick Rowbotham skipped Melbourne’s laneways, lattes and giant balls of yarn to sit in on the annual conference of Australia’s peak student representative body.

The year that was…

The year that was…

They say hindsight is 20/20. Honi asked a number of Australia’s news makers for their take on the events of the past twelve months.

The Second Showdown – Biden vs Ryan

The Second Showdown – Biden vs Ryan

  Biden is the definition of folksy, when the debate turned to Israel he said he’d known ‘Bebe’ personally for 29 years – Bebe being Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Biden has a winning smile and an ability to make you feel like he’s only talking to you. Whether it’s when he talks directly into […]

The revolution kicks on

The revolution kicks on

The renewed reign of Chavez can bring good to Venezuala, if the leader is willing to compromise, writes Fabian Di Lizia Hugo Chavez has been re-elected comfortably in the Venezuelan Presidential election, returning 55 per cent of the vote to Henrique Capriles’ 44 per cent. International commentary suggested Chavez’s working-class and peasant bases would fragment […]

Why award mediocrity?

Why award mediocrity?

A Europe that doesn’t stand for anything stands for nothing, writes John Harding-Easson.

Honi Nobel Prizes 2012

Honi Nobel Prizes 2012

Limbo of the Left

Limbo of the Left

Where are the great storytellers and heroes of the Left, asks Yitzi Tuvel. This piece came second in the 2012 Honi Soit opinion competition, judged by Joe Hildebrand.

Fuck the glitter, I’m not proud

Fuck the glitter, I’m not proud

Nick Richardson wants to separate personal identity from sexuality.

Divided They Fall

Divided They Fall

Australian politics is broken, but will true progressives heed the call and form a new party? Something’s gotta give, writes Felix Donovan.

Tobacco industry’s challenge deemed only hot air

Tobacco industry’s challenge deemed only hot air

  Nick Findlater reports on the recent High Court decision the Government applauded but detractors say means little Last Wednesday August 15, a majority of the High Court rejected a challenge to the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act. The challenge had been led by Japan Tobacco, with British American Tobacco and Philip Morris (among others) joining […]

Laws will stop the boats, but should we?

Laws will stop the boats, but should we?

Why do we send refugees to the islands of the damned, asks Dan Zwi.

Gladiators in the ring, activists out of it

Gladiators in the ring, activists out of it

We can’t take the politics out of sport, and nor should we want to, writes Rafi Alam.

Profile: Tom Switzer

Profile: Tom Switzer

How does a staunch conservative marry his twin lives as an irreverent journalist and dispassionate academic? Michael Koziol talks to Tom Switzer, research associate at the United States Studies Centre and editor of the Spectator Australia.

Born to work? Not for the Boss

Born to work? Not for the Boss

Wayne Swan’s emphasis on employment as a core value sells Springsteen short, writes Shaun Crowe in Canberra.

Say no to new Confucianism

Say no to new Confucianism

In the spiritual laboratory that is modern China, secular pluralism should win out against new Confucianism, writes Professor John Keane.

America undermines arms treaty

America undermines arms treaty

America’s gun problem isn’t just domestic, writes Felix Donovan.

Student activism: Paris ’68 to Sydney ‘12

Student activism: Paris ’68 to Sydney ‘12

The wind is back in the sails of the protest movement. Tim Scriven and Morgan Gardiner look at student activism around the world, in Australia and at the University of Sydney.

The Rise of the Right

The Rise of the Right

The hunt for scapegoats has seen far-right parties surge in popularity in Europe. While far-right parities have always been a part of European tradition, the emergence of remodelled far- and extreme- right parties in the past decade, and the increasing palatability of these parties, is seen by many as the alarming rise of fascism, writes Jackson Busse.

Smash the rich, save the base

Smash the rich, save the base

While the history of Chinese communism is complex, a little polishing makes the parallels with contemporary Australian political life shine through. A few years ago, I was walking down Eastern Avenue with a senior journalist from a major Chinese news organisation when we were approached by a couple of Socialist Alternative (SA) leafleteers. The SA […]

Running the numbers: Honi Soit meets Antony Green

Running the numbers: Honi Soit meets Antony Green

The know-it-all guru of Australian politics was created through mere coincidence, writes Dominic Wilcox.

Profile: George Newhouse

Profile: George Newhouse

Hannah Ryan talks to George Newhouse, human rights lawyer and asylum seeker advocate.

Money Changes Everything

Money Changes Everything

While universities are required to consult student organisations about how the Student Services and Amenities Fee should be spent, they have no obligation to pass any of it on to student unions, councils, or other organisations. Adam Chalmers investigates where your money might end up, amid ongoing tension between the student union and the university.