December 2020 – January 2021

The Nation Reviewed

Murrandoo’s Burketown

By Tony Kelly
How Murrandoo Yanner’s fight for native title in the Gulf of Carpentaria transformed his Gangalidda home town

Tony Kelly

Tony Kelly is a Melbourne-based lawyer. He is the co-author of Growing Pineapples in the Outback with Rebecca Lister.

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From the front page

The lightness of unbearable being: ‘Double Blind’

Edward St Aubyn tackles familiar themes – desire, drug use, psychoanalysis – via a fresh suite of characters

Image of former Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate speaking before a Senate inquiry today. Image via ABC News

Holgate strikes back

Scott Morrison humiliated the wrong woman

Up the river

Hope is running dry in the Murray–Darling Basin

Green house effect

Joost Bakker’s vision for sustainable housing is taking root


In This Issue

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Dividing the Tasman: ‘Empire and the Making of Native Title’

Historian Bain Attwood examines the different approaches to sovereignty in the New Zealand and Australian settlements

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Intimacy on set

Productions now hire advisers to help performers navigate intimate and violent scenes

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Shirley Hazzard’s wider world

The celebrated Australian author’s ‘Collected Stories’ sets private desperation in the cosmopolitan Europe she revered

Image of Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Sydney Town Hall, 1970

In times like these, what would Oodgeroo do?

On the influence of Aboriginal poet, activist and educator Oodgeroo Noonuccal


More in The Nation Reviewed

Plight of the platypus

Extreme weather events are affecting this monotreme in unforeseen ways

Green house effect

Joost Bakker’s vision for sustainable housing is taking root

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Koori hearings

The Marram-Ngala Ganbu program is transforming the experience of Indigenous families in court

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A more enlightened deathmatch

Deathmatch Downunder is making wrestling progressive, accessible and inclusive


Read on

Serenity

Give us not serenity but a sense of urgency in the face of catastrophic climate change

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Bitter pill: ‘Collective’

This staggering documentary exposes institutionalised corruption in Romanian hospitals

All things considered: Emily Maguire’s ‘Love Objects’

The Australian writer’s latest novel portrays hoarding with an acute understanding of the deeply human desire to connect

Image of Antara by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani. © The artist, Mimili Maku and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2021

Held in common: ‘The National’ at the MCA

Foregrounding women’s practice, this exhibition of contemporary Australian art proposes a poetics of inclusion