From Arena, an article on the role of a powerful group of commentators who have sought to reconstruct Australian political culture; why Howard was humiliated: Now that all the celebrations of John Howard’s defeat have begun to settle it is worth reflecting on the reasons for the landslide. An article on the lumps of coal in John Howard’s Christmas stocking. A review of How a Continent created a Nation by Libby Robin. A review of The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World by Robert Kenny. A review of Tim Flannery's Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Creature. Are Aussies and Kiwis that different? New Zealand is Australia’s poor cousin; is the Kiwis’ national culture holding them back?