In light of recent events
The Rio Olympics was inspiring ...

The Rio Olympics was inspiring – all that muscle, youth and striving stuff. So inspiring that I got back into swimming, which is no mean feat for an ample 40-something. Soon enough, of course, my shoulders began to crunch like a bag of gravel when I swung my arms over. I was always puffed. It was depressing. But I then started reading about ex-Olympians’ injuries and my spirits lifted. Things could be worse; a crunchy shoulder is nothing compared to an ex-Olympian’s career-ending foot injury. So I wondered: was it better to have had an Olympic career and fallen into disrepair, or to have never had an Olympic career at all?



Oslo Davis

Oslo Davis is a widely published illustrator, artist and cartoonist.


In This Issue

Illustration

China flexes

The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours

Image of Angel Olsen

Someone, anyone

Angel Olsen’s ‘My Woman’ and Sarah Mary Chadwick’s ‘Roses Always Die’

Illustration

Playing charades

From the census debacle to the Don Dale scandal, politicians and the public have short memories

Cover of The Hate Race

‘The Hate Race’ by Maxine Beneba Clarke

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Image of Australians queuing at Centrelink in Brisbane.

Moral bankruptcy

Robodebt stemmed from the false ideological division between the deserving and undeserving poor, but the government still clings to moralistic language

Image of Gough Whitlam in October 1975

It’s about time

The High Court’s landmark ruling on the ‘Palace Papers’ is a win for Australian social democracy

Image of Robyn Davidson

Something mythic

For Robyn Davidson, her acclaimed memoir ‘Tracks’ was an act of freedom whose reception hemmed her in

COVID-19 versus human rights

The virus is the latest excuse for governments to slash and burn the individual rights of prisoners


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