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Getting to 80

Today

We now have vaccination targets, but there’s no consensus over what must be done to reach them

The coward’s pulpit

Politics

Scott Morrison is a leader who not only fails to accept responsibility but continually abandons his post

A rallying crime

For a country that loves invoking the virtues of wartime sacrifice, why have our leaders failed to appeal to the greater good during the pandemic?

Simultaneous persuasions: ‘Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow’

Culture

Radical difference and radical proximity are hallmarks of the French-born artist’s NGV exhibition

Body and soul: ‘The Airways’

Culture

Fusing elements of crime fiction and ghost stories, Jennifer Mills’ latest novel is an interrogation of gender, power and consent

Petty bourgeoisie: ‘The White Lotus’

Culture

Mike White’s scathing takedown of privilege leads July’s streaming highlights


The end game

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is slowly dying in a UK prison, as the US maintains its fight to have him die in theirs – but there is hope


The Monthly Essays

The end game

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is slowly dying in a UK prison, as the US maintains its fight to have him die in theirs – but there is hope

A trip to the doctor

A personal experience of how psychedelics are transforming mental health therapies

Agenda bender

What shifting notions of sex and gender mean for affirmative action in the workplace




The Nation Reviewed

The coward’s pulpit

Scott Morrison is a leader who not only fails to accept responsibility but continually abandons his post

The shed that contains the future

A green hydrogen project in South Australia aims to demonstrate zero-emission energy production

Racing against time

The I-Kiribati Olympic sprinter hoping to draw attention to his nation’s climate catastrophe


Vox

A fisherman’s lament

A solo road trip back to harsh realities

Owl

Arts & Letters

Breathless spaces: ‘The House of Fragile Things’

James McAuley’s examination of four great art-collecting families and the French anti-Semitism that brought their downfall

Forebodings and a funeral: ‘Shiva Baby’

Emma Seligman’s funny but tense film is a triumph of writing and performance over spectacle

Tip of the pops: ‘This Is Pop’ and ‘Song Exploder’

Two Netflix documentary series only manage to skim the surface of pop music history

Time remaining

New poetry from the award-winning writer and critic



Noted

Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum Goya’s dark and difficult works exhibited at NGV remind us how little the world has moved on from past horrors By Quentin Sprague

European Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York QAGOMA’s exhibition goes beyond the usual blockbuster bling to favour lesser known works of the masters By Miriam Cosic


In Light of Recent Events

Survival of the Filet-o-Fishest