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Friday, August 12, 2022

Mental health day

Whatever John Barilaro’s personal issues, Australia’s mental health system is in an appalling state

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Climate change

Rethinking Lismore in the new era of floods

What does the future hold for a town battered by climate-change catastrophe?

Rethinking Lismore in the new era of floods
The fight to choose

Family and relationships

The fight to choose

As Roe v Wade is overturned in the United States, what are the threats to accessing abortion in Australia?

The trial

Law and order

The trial

The Kafkaesque fate of Encep ‘Hambali’ Nurjaman, 20 years after the Bali bombings

Online Latest  Right arrow

Still image from ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’


Was that it: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’

This loving portrait of the indie scene of the early 2000s will likely mean little to those who weren’t there

Image of Heraclitus of Ephesus, known as the “Weeping Philosopher”.


Forecasting the future

What is humanity’s destiny in the Anthropocene era?

Image of Moonage Daydream director Brett Morgen. Photograph © Olivier Vigerie / Neon


Daydream believer: Director Brett Morgen

Morgen’s freeform documentary about David Bowie, ‘Moonage Daydream’, explores the philosophy and creativity of one of popular music’s icons

Image of Chris Kenny appearing in Your ABC Exposed. Image via YouTube


Indecent exposure

Sky News’s ‘Your ABC Exposed’ reveals more about Chris Kenny and co than it does about the national broadcaster

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Journalists Maxine McKew, Quentin Dempster and Kerry O’Brien

Federal politics

What’s gone wrong at the ABC

Years of government attacks over funding and balance have left the national broadcaster in desperate need of repair

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Science and technology

What the James Webb Space Telescope reveals

Why NASA’s new telescope is a huge step forward for understanding the universe

Line call on Spring Creek


Line call on Spring Creek

Development hits a roadblock in the regional town of Torquay

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Climate change

Food (in)security

Australia’s supply-chain network is at more risk than ever before

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Frank Moorhouse, Ewenton Street, Balmain, circa 1975


Frank recollections

Remembering Frank Moorhouse (1938–2022)

The bureaucracy of evil: ‘The Conference’


The bureaucracy of evil: ‘The Conference’

The horror of Nazi officialdom is laid bare in Matti Geschonneck’s latest film

‘The Old Man’ and the CIA


‘The Old Man’ and the CIA

Jeff Bridges faces his spycraft past in this Disney+ espionage thriller

Noted  Right arrow

Cover of ‘Marlo’



Author Jay Carmichael revisits 1950s Australia where, for a young gay man, escaping from a small town to the city comes with its own complexities

Cover of ‘Losing Face’


‘Losing Face’

George Haddad’s latest novel surveys the confronting world of male interiority

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
Appreciating drawing, or drawing appreciation?
In light of recent events

Podcasts  Right arrow


China warns Australia to pipe down on Taiwan

Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on China’s message to Australia.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Paul Bongiorno


Megan Davis on what’s next for the Voice

Today, someone who has spent years working towards constitutional recognition: chair in constitutional law at the University of New South Wales, Megan Davis.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Megan Davis


The secret jailing of an Australian spy

Today, chief political correspondent at The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton, on the case of Alan Johns.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Karen Middleton