February 2019

The Nation Reviewed

Formal night in Gunnedah

By Helen Sullivan
Not even a drought can stop this NSW country town’s night of nights

Helen Sullivan

Helen Sullivan is a Sydney-based freelance writer. She has appeared in The New Yorker and The Guardian

@helenrsullivan

February 2019

From the front page

Back on the border-line

The Coalition is a little too glad to be talking about border protection

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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

Image of Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks

Pete Shelley’s Buzzcocks: 40 years on

The history and legacy of a punk pioneer

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Unhappy ‘Camping’

Lena Dunham’s new comedy series is an accidental portrait of toxic femininity


In This Issue

What the government thinks you’re worth

Our nation’s economists have a price on your head, dead or alive

Still from The Front Runner

The spectacle of a political scandal: Jason Reitman’s ‘The Front Runner’ and Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Loro’

New films about ’80s presidential hopeful Gary Hart and Italy’s controversial Silvio Berlusconi both miss the mark

Image of Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks

Pete Shelley’s Buzzcocks: 40 years on

The history and legacy of a punk pioneer

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at QAGOMA

Politics, culture and colour collide in Brisbane


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The search for the Endeavour

After all that, where did Cook’s ship end up?

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From Hillsong to the Bible Belt

Christine Caine’s Australian brand of evangelism has found its flock in America

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A Norfolk Island mutiny

Australia’s remote territory is agitating for autonomy

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Activists of a certain age

Meet the septuagenarian fronting a new generation of protesters


Read on

Image of Scott Morrison

No sign of Closing the Gap

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

Image from ‘Camping’

Unhappy ‘Camping’

Lena Dunham’s new comedy series is an accidental portrait of toxic femininity

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A bug in the code: ‘Russian Doll’

This existential comedy is 2019’s first must-see Netflix series

Image of crossbenchers Derryn Hinch, Adam Bandt, Nick McKim, Kerryn Phelps, Tim Storer and Andrew Wilkie discussing the medical transfer bill in November

Debate over asylum seeker medical transfers reaches new lows

The government’s scare campaign against the crossbench bill denigrates doctors and detainees


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