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Cold comfort

Today

The Morrison government gave us a recession we didn’t have to have

What elitism looks like

Politics

Flagrant conflicts of interest abound at the top

And now for something completely indifferent

Culture

The Morrison government is yet to fully realise that sidelining the arts hurts the economy

‘Know My Name’ at the National Gallery of Australia

Culture

An exhilarating exhibition considers a persistent gender bias in the visual arts

In times like these, what would Oodgeroo do?

Society

On the influence of Aboriginal poet, activist and educator Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Morrison’s climate flip

Politics

Australia has a lot of catching up to do on emissions reduction


In times like these, what would Oodgeroo do?

On the influence of Aboriginal poet, activist and educator Oodgeroo Noonuccal


The Monthly Essays

In times like these, what would Oodgeroo do?

On the influence of Aboriginal poet, activist and educator Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Inner space

Taking to London’s streets in lockdown, with thoughts of Orwell and Henry Miller, plagues, eels, decorative cakes and what might be done in the belly of a whale

Which jobs and what growth?

We need to talk about the economy

Pale blue dot

The myth of the ‘overview effect’, and how it serves space industry entrepreneurs

The glass curtain

Classical music’s problem with women

Streeton’s shriek

Alarming revelations about the great Australian painter




The Nation Reviewed

And now for something completely indifferent

The Morrison government is yet to fully realise that sidelining the arts hurts the economy

Picking losers

There are good reasons why Australians won’t pick fruit

Murrandoo’s Burketown

How Murrandoo Yanner’s fight for native title in the Gulf of Carpentaria transformed his Gangalidda home town

Intimacy on set

Productions now hire advisers to help performers navigate intimate and violent scenes


VOX

Hanging on the telephone

What happens when kids encounter a landline

Newfound poems

Previously unpublished work from the giant of Australian poetry


Arts & Letters

Blue is the colour

The idiosyncratic work of Yolngu artist Dhambit Mununggurr

Dividing the Tasman: ‘Empire and the Making of Native Title’

Historian Bain Attwood examines the different approaches to sovereignty in the New Zealand and Australian settlements

Shirley Hazzard’s wider world

The celebrated Australian author’s ‘Collected Stories’ sets private desperation in the cosmopolitan Europe she revered

Citizen plain: ‘Mank’

David Fincher’s biopic of Orson Welles’s collaborating writer favours technique over heart

Ready steady gone

The passing of its figureheads underscores pop music’s waning influence on personal identity



Noted

‘Jack’ by Marilynne Robinson History and suffering matter in the latest instalment of the American author’s Gilead novels By Helen Elliott

‘The Dry’ directed by Robert Connolly Eric Bana stars as a troubled investigator dragged back to his home town in a sombre Australian thriller By Craig Mathieson


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