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Image of Scott Morrison holding a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine. Image via Facebook
Despite historically high vaccination rates, Australia has developed a significant anti-vax movement in the middle of a global pandemic
By Russell Marks on the
Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jenny Morrison laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier during the Anzac Day commemorative service on April 25, 2020. Image © Alex Ellinghausen / AAP Image/ Sydney Morning Herald Pool
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?
By Martin McKenzie-Murray on the
Photo of installation view of the exhibition Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow at NGV International. Photo © Tom Ross
Radical difference and radical proximity are hallmarks of the French-born artist’s NGV exhibition
By Quentin Sprague on the
Still from The White Lotus. © Mario Perez / HBO
Mike White’s scathing takedown of privilege leads July’s streaming highlights
By Craig Mathieson on the
Cover image of The Airways
Fusing elements of crime fiction and ghost stories, Jennifer Mills’ latest novel is an interrogation of gender, power and consent
By Bec Kavanagh on the
Still from Titane © Carole Bethuel
Provocative Palme d’Or winner ‘Titane’ addresses sexuality, body-horror and gender construction
By Shane Danielsen on the
Image of Sky News host Alan Jones
How much responsibility does Rupert’s right bear for the spread of the Delta variant?
By Russell Marks on the
Katie Hopkins. Image via Instagram
The British media personality is the latest libertarian to be mugged by reality
By Nick Dyrenfurth on the
Image of England players lining up during the penalty shoot-out following the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Image © Nick Potts / PA Wire
Home truths from the Euro 2020 tournament
By Martin McKenzie-Murray on the
Image showing Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow.
On Marvel, Disney and the dismal state of the modern blockbuster
By Adam Rivett on the
Scene from Hit the Road by Panah Panahi. Courtesy Celluloid Dreams
Films by Emmanuel Carrère, Panah Panahi and Joachim Trier are among the best from a festival changed by the pandemic
By Shane Danielsen on the
Image of Senator Mehreen Faruqi. Image via Facebook
A senator’s fight against Australia’s racism and sexism
By Mehreen Faruqi on the
Pimps, peddlers and private eyes populate the latest novel by the ‘L.A. Confidential’ author
By Adam Rivett on the
Image of Bob Hawke in Sydney on September 10, 1969, having been elected president of the ACTU. Image via Wikimedia Commons
What do we make of Bob Hawke’s American mates?
By Russell Marks on the
Image of Dr Norman Swan
What have we learned from the pandemic? An expert panel examines key questions.
By Dr Norman Swan, Prof Stephen Duckett, Prof Michael Toole and Prof Raina MacIntyre on the
An open letter to Jon Faine: esteemed commentator, vintage car lover and schadenfreude enthusiast
By Martin McKenzie-Murray on the
Image of Rose Byrne as Sheila Rubin in Physical. Image via Apple TV+
Starring Rose Byrne as an uncompromising aerobics instructor, Annie Weisman’s unorthodox series leads June’s streaming highlights
By Craig Mathieson on the
Image of the Australian and Chinese flags
The work of combatting Sinophobia must be combined with a critique of Australian foreign policies
By David Brophy on the

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