May 2021

The Nation Reviewed

Fish out of mortar

By Drew Rooke
Saving Canowindra’s ancient fish fossils

Drew Rooke

Drew Rooke is a journalist and the author of One Last Spin: The Power and Peril of the Pokies.

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From the front page

Image of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese in Question Time today. Image via ABC News

Back to the future

Will Labor find its spine on the stage-three tax cuts?

Still from Ema

Dance dance revolution: ‘Ema’

Pablo Larrain’s beguiling, difficult film seeks to understand an impenetrable anti-heroine for whom the city is a dancefloor

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A load of abalone

The trial of Keith Nye highlights how fisheries laws unfairly target Indigenous people

The era of Xi Jinping

On the China Dream and the guiding ideology of Xi Jinping


In This Issue

Image of artwork by Sarah Goffman

How to lose her voice

On testimonial injustice and the ways women are silenced

Image of Question Time at Parliament House, December 9, 2020.

From Abbott to Zumbo

A short history of the Coalition’s ‘women problem’

Image of artwork by Sarah Goffman

Ill-informed consent

How piecemeal relationship and sexuality education is failing our schoolchildren

Image of “Man working” (Rufus Wilton), Nepabunna, circa 1930

Sole of a nation

The untold Aboriginal history of the R.M. Williams boot


More in The Nation Reviewed

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A load of abalone

The trial of Keith Nye highlights how fisheries laws unfairly target Indigenous people

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


Read on

Still from Ema

Dance dance revolution: ‘Ema’

Pablo Larrain’s beguiling, difficult film seeks to understand an impenetrable anti-heroine for whom the city is a dancefloor

The era of Xi Jinping

On the China Dream and the guiding ideology of Xi Jinping

Still from Shane Meadows’ ‘The Virtues’

Vice grip: ‘The Virtues’

Shane Meadows’ astonishing series stems from a late reckoning with his own childhood abuse

Cover image of ‘The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen’

Body language: ‘The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen’

Echoing folktales and fables, Krissy Kneen’s memoir contemplates the body’s visceral knowledge of inherited trauma