July 2014

The Nation Reviewed

Malcolm Turnbull, the prince of moderation

By Amanda Lohrey
How the Liberal Party has exiled its last reasonable man

Amanda Lohrey

Amanda Lohrey is the author of The Reading Group, Camille’s BreadA Short History of Richard Kline, and the Quarterly Essays Groundswell and Voting for Jesus.

July 2014

From the front page

Pub test: the republic

First things first, say punters in Matt Thistlethwaite’s electorate

Image from ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’

‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’, an incomplete portrait

This nostalgic documentary about the eminent designer raises more questions than it answers

Still from The Old Man and the Gun

‘The Old Man and the Gun’ and the outlaw Robert Redford

David Lowery’s new film pays too much tribute to the Sundance Kid

Image from ‘House of Cards’

The magnificently messy ‘House of Cards’

The show that made Netflix a major player comes to a satisfying and ludicrous end


In This Issue

Rolf Harris performing 'Jake the Peg' in 1966. © Bill Orchard / Rex Features

Inside the strange world of Rolf Harris

Behind the wobbleboard

Querulants

What makes a litigant turn vexatious?

Hole in Los Angeles, December 1994. L-R: Melissa Auf der Maur, Courtney Love, Patty Schemel, Eric Erlandson. © KROQ-FM

What the future sounded like

1994 might be one of the best years popular music has ever had

The decline of the ‘Australian’

Talking about the narcissistic national daily only encourages it


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APEC comes to PNG

Shipped-in Maseratis and single-use venues are a world away from real life in Port Moresby

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Life in a coroners court

Meet those who speak for the dead to protect the living

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Saving Jabiru

What happens when a Northern Territory town reaches its mandated expiry date?

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Performing the Anthropocene

Scientists, anthropologists and artists gather to make sense of the Earth’s new epoch


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Free speech has never been ‘free’

The idea that all opinions should be ventilated is misguided

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Blowing up the government to save it

The Coalition has learnt nothing from Labor’s leadership disaster

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Labor’s great big new tax plan

Bill Shorten wants to reframe how we tackle the budget

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All the way with Donald J?

Australia cannot stay silent about Trump


Read on

Image from ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’

‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’, an incomplete portrait

This nostalgic documentary about the eminent designer raises more questions than it answers

Image from ‘House of Cards’

The magnificently messy ‘House of Cards’

The show that made Netflix a major player comes to a satisfying and ludicrous end

Image of Scott Morrison and the ScoMo Express

The ScoMo Express backfires

The PM’s farcical bus tour cements spin over substance as his brand

Image from ‘Suspiria’

Twisted sisters: Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’

Sentimentality ruins the magic of this otherwise unsettling and actively cruel film


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