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Queensland votes


COVID dominates the final leaders’ debate

Chequered careers: ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ and ‘The Good Lord Bird’


Among October’s streaming highlights are stories of a teenage chess prodigy and a zealous abolitionist

Quiet desperation: ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’


Eliza Hittman’s abortion drama is marked by the emotional solidarity of its teen protagonists

Airbrushed horror: Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’


The new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic tale is visually lush, but lacks the novel’s nuance

Listening to Roberta Flack


‘First Take’, released 50 years ago, still echoes through the present

The Corp’s bride


Despite a widely supported petition, the government is too scared to take on the Murdoch empire

The disappearing man

On Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party

The Monthly Essays

The disappearing man

On Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party

Woke politics and power

How liberalism’s blind spot let cancel culture bloom

Coupe de grâce

Could the legacy of Australia’s worst bushfires on record be the end of native logging?

The Nation Reviewed

When the rivers run dry

Universities are in trouble, and the government isn’t helping

Narrabri’s gas-fired liability

Locals fear coal-seam gas mining in the Pilliga will destroy the forest, the water and the tourism industry

The breath of Venus

Does the detection of phosphine gas point to life among Venus’s clouds?

Enemy of the state

The dissident Indonesian lawyer charged for tweeting about Papuan activism

Arts & Letters

Me versus we: ‘The Upswing’

Rebuilding a more egalitarian, altruistic and communitarian society without sacrificing individual liberties

The long goodbye: ‘Dick Johnson Is Dead’

Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson deals with her father’s decline into dementia by “killing” him through various means

The last days of disco: ‘Róisín Machine’

Róisín Murphy’s latest album is unusually mature pop driven by restlessness


‘The Living Sea of Waking Dreams’ by Richard Flanagan The Booker Prize winner’s allegorical new novel about the permanence of loss By Helen Elliott

‘Kajillionaire’ directed by Miranda July A family of con artists are the American writer-director’s latest offbeat protagonists in a surreal but heartfelt film By Craig Mathieson

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