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Tax cuts loom

Today

In Josh Frydenberg’s budget, the Coalition looks like reverting to type

Freeing the flag

Society

Allowing the Aboriginal flag to be used freely is an important step towards self-determination

Audio tapestry

Culture

A tangle of red tape is robbing us of music podcasts in Australia

In the red

Society

Inside the modern debt-collection industry

‘Little Eyes’ by Samanta Schweblin (trans. Megan McDowell)

Culture

Intimacy and privacy blur as people adopt cybernetic pets inhabited remotely by others, in this disturbing speculative fiction

Hello, Nasty: Janet Jackson’s sound of rebellion

Culture

A new analysis of ‘The Velvet Rope’ shows the controversial artist in transition


Chelmsford revisited

Thirty years on from the excoriating royal commission, two practitioners of deep sleep therapy seek redemption in a defamation case that again blames Scientologists for their downfall


The Monthly Essays

Snapback

In the face of the pandemic, Scott Morrison has failed to adjust his thinking, and wants to return to the way things used to be

Chelmsford revisited

Thirty years on from the excoriating royal commission, two practitioners of deep sleep therapy seek redemption in a defamation case that again blames Scientologists for their downfall




The Nation Reviewed

Choppy waters

Australia’s assumption that China will give up its Pacific rivalry with the US is dangerously misguided

Injustice unmasked

What are the priorities of policing protests under lockdown?

Hysteria as metaphor

What chronic illness can teach us about the limits of the healthcare system during a global crisis


VOX

The Uighurs of Xinjiang

A visit to Ürümqi’s quieted streets and contested museums

From locked out to locked in

When international ports close, what happens to those at sea?


Arts & Letters

The trenches of Mount Druitt: OneFour

Australia’s most infamous hip-hop act is an all-Pasifika group born of Western Sydney’s violent postcode wars

Attack on language: ‘Surviving Autocracy’ and ‘Twilight of Democracy’

Masha Gessen and Anne Applebaum sound alarms on how ‘post-truth’ public debate leaves us mute in the face of autocracy

‘Cinematic’ television: ‘ZeroZeroZero’

Forget comparisons to cinema, TV is developing its own compelling aesthetic

Audio tapestry

A tangle of red tape is robbing us of music podcasts in Australia



Noted

‘What Are You Going Through’ by Sigrid Nunez The late-life author of ‘The Friend’ delivers a chastening and discursive novel of mourning By Adam Rivett

‘Little Eyes’ by Samanta Schweblin (trans. Megan McDowell) Intimacy and privacy blur as people adopt cybernetic pets inhabited remotely by others, in this disturbing speculative fiction By Helen Elliott


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