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How good is Queensland?

Voices from the state that has turned against Labor as a party of federal government


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Blame the Coalition, not the Greens, for Australia’s decade of climate dysfunction

‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood

The Booker Prize–winning sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is an exhilarating thriller from the “wiliest writer alive”

Interrogating the interrogators: ‘The Report’

Culture

This tale of the investigation into CIA torture during the War on Terror places too much faith in government procedure

What really happened at Yuendumu?

Politics

The promised inquiries must answer the biggest questions raised by the police shooting of an Aboriginal man

You could drive a person crazy: Noah Baumbach’s ‘Marriage Story’

Culture

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are at their career best in this bittersweet tale of divorce

‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’

Culture

The beautiful photographs of often grim subjects in NGV Australia’s exhibition raise questions over the medium’s power to critique




The Monthly Essays

How good is Queensland?

Voices from the state that has turned against Labor as a party of federal government

Picking up the pieces

Anthony Albanese wants to be a Labor leader, not an Opposition leader

The promised land

Bougainville’s independence vote is a historic moment for Papua New Guinea, and a reckoning for Australia


The Nation Reviewed

Revolutions past

Labor and the Liberals have abandoned their old ideological contests as they battle to define the values of the new middle class

The strip-search state

Successful compensation cases haven’t curbed the prevalence of unlawful strip-searches by NSW Police

Bait and switch

Lumping dingoes in with “wild dogs” means the native animals are being deliberately culled

Yellow submarine

A former Russian athlete’s plan for Australia’s first commercial sub


Arts & Letters

Radical ambiguity: Jia Tolentino, Rachel Cusk and Leslie Jamison

The essay collections ‘Trick Mirror’, ‘Coventry’ and ‘Make It Scream, Make It Burn’ offer doubt and paradoxical thinking in the face of algorithmic perfectionism

Late style: Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

Reuniting with De Niro, Pacino and Pesci, the acclaimed director has delivered less of a Mob film than a morality play

A way home: Archie Roach

The writer of ‘Took the Children Away’ delivers a memoir of his Stolen Generations childhood and an album of formative songs



Noted

‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’ The beautiful photographs of often grim subjects in NGV Australia’s exhibition raise questions over the medium’s power to critique By Quentin Sprague

‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood The Booker Prize–winning sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is an exhilarating thriller from the “wiliest writer alive” By Helen Elliott

‘The Man Who Saw Everything’ by Deborah Levy The British author experiments with a narrative structure that collapses past and present By Stephanie Bishop


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