July 2014

Arts & Letters

Indonesia on the brink of change

By Hugh White
Elizabeth Pisani’s ‘Indonesia Etc.’ and Hamish McDonald’s ‘Demokrasi’

Hugh White

Hugh White is a professor of strategic studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University.

July 2014

From the front page

Pub test: Helloworld

They’re paying attention, but scandal fatigue set in long ago

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‘Stan & Ollie’: a beautiful lie

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are perfectly cast in this affectionate biopic

“Hockey owes me”

The Canberra bubble has popped

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A scar is born: ‘Vox Lux’

Natalie Portman grapples with celebrity’s demons in this unconvincing film


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?

Malcolm Turnbull, the prince of moderation

How the Liberal Party has exiled its last reasonable man

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


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Read on

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A scar is born: ‘Vox Lux’

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Ben Quilty: the art of unease

Ahead of a major survey at the Art Gallery of SA, the artist talks about the anxiety that informs his work

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No sign of Closing the Gap

Scott Morrison needs put his words about working in partnership with Indigenous Australia into action


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