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Scott Morrison defends the indefensible

True colours: ‘All Auras Touch’ at Carriageworks

Culture

Work matters in artist Kate Mitchell’s exploration of the fundamental connections between people

Change the date… but to when?

Politics

The time to celebrate Australia will be when it has recognised its First Nations people and become a republic

The prevention state: Part four

Society

In the face of widespread criticism of strip-searches, NSW Police offers a candid defence of preventative policing: You are meant to fear us.

A national disaster

Politics

On the PM’s catastrophically inept response to Australia’s unprecedented bushfires

A Pentecostal PM and climate change

Politics

Does a belief in the End Times inform Scott Morrison’s response to the bushfire crisis?


Stasiland now

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the author of ‘Stasiland’ reveals the ongoing power of the former East German regime, not just in politics and business but also in shaping perceptions of victimhood in unified Germany



The Monthly Essays

Stasiland now

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the author of ‘Stasiland’ reveals the ongoing power of the former East German regime, not just in politics and business but also in shaping perceptions of victimhood in unified Germany

Peace with dishonour

On the West’s Trump-led exit from the wreckage of the Middle East

Australia 2.0

The America’s Cup winged keel and the transformation of a nation

Remember her name

Were systemic racism and unconscious bias among police officers behind the death in custody of Tanya Day?


The Nation Reviewed

The middle of nowhere

Australia’s political leaders have lost their bearings in a changed world

Cap in hand

An unprecedented twist in the Walkley Award–winning story of the David Eastman murder case

Big man energy

At the Menergy retreat, men tackle anger, address emotional resilience and dance like wild women

Water water

GOMA’s ‘Water’ exhibition brings an Icelandic stream indoors in Brisbane

Ready to rumble

Crowds cheer on the destructive prowess of Pot Head and Wanda at the Robowars National Championship


Vox

Diaries (2018–19)

Collected thoughts on writers seeking permission to write, Eurydice Dixon, the Nobel for Murnane and dealing with errant chooks

Owl

Arts & Letters

Don’t look back in anger: Liam and Noel Gallagher

As interest in Oasis resurges, talking to the combative brothers recalls their glory years as ‘dirty chancers, stealing riffs instead of Ford Fiestas’

Damascene subversion: Christos Tsiolkas’s ‘Damascus’

The literary storyteller’s latest novel wrestles with the mythology of Christianity’s founder, Paul the Apostle

Agents of chaos: Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘This Is Not Propaganda’

The Russian expat journalist wonders if democracy can survive the internet, as social media is used to promote feelings over facts

Bodak moment: Pop’s decade of superstars

Cardi B delivered the song of the decade as a new league of superstars overcame the significance of bands



Noted

‘Japan supernatural’ The Art Gallery of NSW’s examination of Japan’s centuries-long artistic traditions depicting the spirit world and the macabre By Miriam Cosic

‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner The American author’s latest novel canvasses the seething hate speech of the burgeoning alt-right and white-boy rap battles in the Midwest By Emma Fajgenbaum


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