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

Composite image of NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Prime Minister Scott Morrison (images via ABC News)

Border farce

So much for the national plan

Image of a tampon and a sanitary pad viewed from above

A bloody shame: Paid period leave should be law

Australia’s workplace laws must better accommodate the reproductive body

Image of Gladys Berejiklian appearing before an ICAC hearing in October 2020. Image via ABC News

The cult of Gladys Berejiklian

What explains the hero-worship of the former NSW premier?

Cover image of ‘Bodies of Light’

‘Bodies of Light’ by Jennifer Down

The Australian author’s latest novel, dissecting trauma, fails to realise its epic ambitions


In This Issue

Image of Gwyneth Jones in Tosca, 1982

The glass curtain

Classical music’s problem with women

Image of Arthur Streeton's Cremorne Pastoral, 1895

Streeton’s shriek

Alarming revelations about the great Australian painter

Hanging on the telephone

What happens when kids encounter a landline

Image of Guy Sebastian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, June, 2020

And now for something completely indifferent

The Morrison government is yet to fully realise that sidelining the arts hurts the economy


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Illustration by Jeff Fisher

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Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A loss of character

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Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The agony and ecstasy

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Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Return of the devil

Tasmanian devils may soon be returning to the wild on the mainland


Read on

Image of a tampon and a sanitary pad viewed from above

A bloody shame: Paid period leave should be law

Australia’s workplace laws must better accommodate the reproductive body

Image of Gladys Berejiklian appearing before an ICAC hearing in October 2020. Image via ABC News

The cult of Gladys Berejiklian

What explains the hero-worship of the former NSW premier?

Cover image of ‘Bodies of Light’

‘Bodies of Light’ by Jennifer Down

The Australian author’s latest novel, dissecting trauma, fails to realise its epic ambitions

Image showing from left: The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Gladys Berejiklian and Thomas the Tank Engine

The little premier that might have

Does unquestioning, childish enthusiasm have a place in politics?