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DAILY OPINION

Monday, December 6, 2021

Gladys for Warringah?

In attempting to take down an independent MP, Morrison is helping pro-integrity candidates across the country

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Essays

Politics

The unhinged pursuit of profit is destroying us

To undo the worst of neoliberalism we need to target need, rather than race or identity

Resources

The fossil-fuel industry’s grip on Australian hearts and minds

Is there hope that public misconceptions of the importance of coal and gas can be overcome?

Indigenous rights

The stunted country

There can be no republic without constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians

National security

On Her Majesty’s secret disservice

The reporter who uncovered the truth about Kim Philby, the 20th century’s most infamous spy, and his warnings for democratic society

Art

The artist making sculpture for penguins

How creating sculpture for animals is transforming wildlife conservation and the art world



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Film

Debt burden: Paul Schrader’s ‘The Card Counter’

The acclaimed writer-director indulges his experimental streak in a thriller that inverts the popular conception of the gambling man

Film

‘Get Back’ is ‘slow TV’ for Beatles nuts

Despite plenty of magical moments, Peter Jackson’s eight-hour epic is the work of a fanatic, and will likely only be watched in full by other fanatics

Television

Candid camera: ‘How To with John Wilson’

Both delightfully droll and genuinely moving, John Wilson’s idiosyncratic documentary series is this month’s streaming standout

Film

Slow motions: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’

Despite patient filmmaking, the 91-year-old director’s elegiac feature is unable to escape the legend of the man

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Indigenous rights

The truth about truth-telling

Revisiting trauma is not the road to justice for Aboriginal people

History of Australia

Did Federation compromise our democracy?

How the advent of Australia’s national government separated power from people and place

Politics

Declaration of independents

The success of Indi MP Helen Haines points to more non-aligned voices in parliament

Environment

Echidna poo has changed our understanding of human evolution

Citizen science is not only helping echidna conservation, but changing how we think about evolution

Vox

The Vox Owl

A homemade algorithm chooses every book I read

How a monumental to-read list turned into a spreadsheet that randomly selects books

Arts & Letters

Music

Oh, carols!

The music of Christmas, from the manger to the chimney

Poems

Abbotsford I

New poetry, after lockdowns

Books

Final sentence: Gerald Murnane’s ‘Last Letter to a Reader’

The essay anthology that will be the final book from one of Australia’s most idiosyncratic authors

Music

New kid on the block: The Kid Laroi

How Australia has overlooked its biggest global music star, an Indigenous hip-hop prodigy

Film

The Bond market: ‘Dune’ and ‘No Time To Die’

Blockbuster season begins with a middling 007 and a must-see sci-fi epic

Noted

Books

‘Crossroads’ by Jonathan Franzen

The acclaimed US author’s latest novel is a 1971 church drama modelled on ‘Middlemarch’

Television

‘Yellowjackets’

The US drama about teen plane-crash survivors is a heady mix of folk horror and high-school betrayal

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

Let’s colour our post-lockdown existential crisis summer by numbers!

Podcasts

7am

A spy scandal and a secret trial

Kieran Pender on the trial of Bernard Collaery, and why the government is trying so hard to keep it as secret as possible.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Kieran Pender

7am

Parliament ends in disunity and disarray

Paul Bongiorno on whether Scott Morrison has lost control of his own party, and what that means in the leadup to the next election.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Paul Bongiorno

7am

Are rich countries to blame for Omicron?

Rick Morton on the threat posed by the Omicron variant, and how vaccine hoarding by rich nations is helping prolong the pandemic.

HOST Ruby Jones
GUEST Rick Morton