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Robo-dead

Today

The PM imposed an illegal ‘debt’ collection scheme on Australia’s most vulnerable

It’s about time

The High Court’s landmark ruling on the ‘Palace Papers’ is a win for Australian social democracy

The new tyranny of distance

Politics

Facing a historic isolation of a different kind, what next for our migrant nation?

Something mythic

Culture

For Robyn Davidson, her acclaimed memoir ‘Tracks’ was an act of freedom whose reception hemmed her in

COVID-19 versus human rights

Society

The virus is the latest excuse for governments to slash and burn the individual rights of prisoners

Road map to nowhere

Politics

Angus Taylor’s road map is anything but an emissions reduction strategy


The screens that ate school

What do we really know about the growing presence of Google, Apple, Microsoft and more in the education system?




The Monthly Essays

The screens that ate school

What do we really know about the growing presence of Google, Apple, Microsoft and more in the education system?

The Aquarian ‘terrorist’

George Dickson’s minor act of rebellion, and the state’s major overreach


The Nation Reviewed

The new tyranny of distance

Facing a historic isolation of a different kind, what next for our migrant nation?

The last word on George Pell

The royal commission’s damning verdict on what Pell knew about child sexual abuse in the Church

Tour de forced cancellations

How Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree, has been quieted by lockdown

Wage deals on wheels

Uber Eats first case at the Fair Work Commission exposed a gap in the gig economy’s protection of workers

Call for submissions

Hands-off operations for sex-work dungeons in the time of COVID


Arts & Letters

Surrounded by pygmies: Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘A Bigger Picture’

The former PM’s memoir fails to reckon with his fatal belief that all Australians shared his vision

Her too: ‘The Assistant’

Melbourne-born, New York–based filmmaker Kitty Green’s powerfully underplayed portrait of Hollywood’s abusive culture

Snap-back: Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’

The British singer’s serendipitous album delivers shining pop with a reigning attitude of fortitude



Noted

‘The Trials of Portnoy’ by Patrick Mullins The finely detailed story of the legal fight in Australia against the censorship of Philip Roth’s ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ By Sean O’Beirne

‘The End of October’ by Lawrence Wright A ‘New Yorker’ journalist’s eerily prescient novel about public-health officials fighting a runaway pandemic By Helen Elliott


In Light of Recent Events

The world according to @CraigDark2Light, influential conspiracy theorist and recent anti-lockdown campaigner.

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