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Friday, July 1, 2022

Taken to task

Health and welfare advocates have expressed outrage at Labor for leaving several Coalition decisions in place

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Essays  Right arrow

Politics

How to be a prime minister

The task ahead for Anthony Albanese in restoring the idea that governments should seek to make the country better

How to be a prime minister
The future of the Liberal Party

Federal politics

The future of the Liberal Party

Peter Dutton doesn’t just have a talent problem on his hands


Online Latest  Right arrow

Image of Australian Army Cadets on parade. Image via Alamy

Australian Defence Force

Ghosts in the war machine

Does the military attract violent misanthropists, or are they forged in murky theatres of war?

Composite image showing John Hughes (image via Giramondo Publishing) and the cover of his novel The Dogs (Upswell Publishing)

Books

A dog’s breakfast

Notes on John Hughes’s plagiarism scandal

Image of Erin Doherty as Becky Green in Chloe. Image supplied

Television

App trap: ‘Chloe’

‘Sex Education’ writer Alice Seabright’s new psychological thriller probing social media leads this month’s streaming highlights

Pablo Picasso, Figures by the sea (Figures au bord de la mer), January 12, 1931, oil on canvas, 130.0 × 195.0 cm, Musée national Picasso-Paris. © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022. Photo: © RMN - Grand Palais - Mathieu Rabeau

Art

‘The Picasso Century’ at the NGV

The NGV’s exhibition offers a fascinating history of the avant-garde across the Spanish artist’s lifetime

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Image of the Kiama Blowhole, New South Wales

Federal politics

The edge of their seats

Lessons from Gilmore, Australia’s most marginal electorate

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Resources

Gaslighting Australia

Local gas suppliers aren’t in crisis – soaring prices are going according to plan

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Environment

What the oil and gas industry tells itself

A week after the devastating floods, the fossil-fuel industry described the scarcity of new projects today as “frightening”

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Law and order

Alien nation

Recent High Court decisions are testing who can be considered citizens, and who the federal government can exclude from Australia

VOX

Covid’s long road

The author’s frightening experiences of long COVID, a condition still poorly understood and in desperate need of more resources

Journalism on steroids

How being attacked for considering testosterone supplements led to a (brief) reflection on the wisdom of immersing oneself in the story

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Image of Daniel Boyd, ‘Untitled (TBOMB)’, 2020

Art

Mission statement: Daniel Boyd’s ‘Treasure Island’

An AGNSW exhibition traces the development of the Indigenous artist’s idiosyncratic technique, which questions ideas of perception

Illustration by Jeff Fisher
Image of Fonofono o le nuanua: Patches of the rainbow (After Gauguin), 2020. Image courtesy of Yuki Kihara and Milford Galleries, Aotearoa New Zealand

Art

The dream machine: The 59th Venice Biennale

Curator Cecilia Alemani’s long overdue Biennale overwhelmingly features female artists and champions indigenous voices and other minorities

Image of Bundanon

Architecture

Shades of grey: Kerstin Thompson Architects

The lauded Melbourne-based architectural firm showcase a rare ability to sensitively mediate between the old and the new

Still from ‘Men’

Film

Fear as folk: ‘Men’

Writer/director Alex Garland’s latest film is an unsubtle but ambitious pastoral horror, mixing the Christian with the classical

Noted  Right arrow

Cover of ‘Trust’

Books

‘Trust’

The American novelist Hernan Diaz audits the silence of great wealth in a story of four parts presented as novel, autobiography, memoir and diary

Still from ‘Irma Vep’

Television

‘Irma Vep’

Olivier Assayas revisits his 1996 film in a delicious palindromic limited series, in which a frazzled director remakes his ‘Irma Vep’ film into a TV series

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
Cartoon
Inspired by ‘Top Gun Maverick’, Hollywood has invested in a slew of other follow-ups
In light of recent events

Podcasts  Right arrow

7am

Can Albanese win over world leaders?

Chris Wallace on Albanese’s attempts at a reset.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Chris Wallace

7am

The ruling that could end trans inclusion in sport

Trans athletes have effectively been banned from elite swimming. The decision and the document released by FINA could have an impact not just on swimmers, but on how other sports around the world handle participation and inclusion. So what does it say?

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Martin McKenzie-Murray, Caroline Layt

7am

How the Christian right overturned Roe v Wade

Elle Hardy on how the Christian right plotted for years to overturn Roe v Wade and why they are not done yet.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Elle Hardy