Australian politics, society & culture

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The great dominators
Attacking Bill Shorten won’t give Malcolm Turnbull the policy legitimacy he needs
Mungo MacCallum
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The Nation Reviewed

The new opium wars

The links between Australia’s poppy industry and opioid addiction crisis
Hamish McDonald
The Muscovian Candidate?. Source

The Muscovian Candidate?

Donald Trump and Russia
Robert Manne
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Climax isn’t the point

Emily Witt’s ‘Future Sex’ and Sheila Rowbotham’s ‘Rebel Crossings’ approach the concept of free love from different perspectives
Anwen Crawford

‘The Undoing Project’ by Michael Lewis

Allen Lane; $45
Michael Lucy
The Nation Reviewed

Not-church on time

The Weekly Service offers a different kind of communion
Sylvia Rowley
The Monthly Essays

The character business

What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?
Mark McKenna

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The Turnbull government keeps looking to coal to solve the country’s energy issues
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Australia needs to rethink its approach to regional security
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Why is the South Australian government so enthused about a nuclear waste dump?
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The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common
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One dedicated bird watcher devoted years to the elusive night parrot
Anthony Ham
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It was championed by women’s groups, but Addyi is not the “female Viagra”
Karen Hitchcock


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‘Transit’ by Rachel Cusk

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Who’s the boss now?

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A German comedy?

Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ is one of the most misread movies of the year
Shane Danielsen
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The art of biography

The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing
David Marr
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A new world for the making

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A moveable feast

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Through the dark glass

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The climate-science champion of 2010 has morphed into the fossil-fuel supporter of 2016
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Billion-dollar burnouts keep emissions rising
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A cat-detection team is doing important work on Dirk Hartog Island
Nicole Gill
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