Marriage and convenience

This September, Australians will be asked to participate in a national windsock poll to help irresolute politicians decide whether to allow the institution of marriage to encompass gay unions. Critics can’t have it both ways, writes Rachael Bolton. Either marriage is an historically sexist property exchange between two men or it’s a modern, secular, legal arrangement entered into willingly by two adults.

Living in the hothouse

For decades, western governments have been sacrificing the happiness and wellbeing of their citizens on the altar of macroeconomic growth, and it has finally caught up with us. Rachael Bolton explores the symptoms of financial and cultural anxiety.