April 2015

Essays

Bishop’s gambit

What’s next for the perpetual deputy?

Federal politics

Spreadsheets of power

How economic modelling is used to circumvent democracy and shut down debate

History

Bring up the bodies

New light on the wreck of the ‘Batavia’ and its savage aftermath

The Nation Reviewed

The case for compromise

What modern politicians could learn from Alfred Deakin

Environment

David & Goliath

Rugby star David Pocock says sport and politics are always mixed

Food

Eau spéciale

Fancy bottled water is sometimes worth the price

History

For the children

Child survivors of the Holocaust meet in Melbourne

Health

Delible ink

Even tattoos don’t last forever any more

Vox

Arts & Letters

Books

Late styles

Clive James’ ‘Sentenced to Life’ and Les Murray’s ‘Waiting for the Past’

Television

Seeing clearly

‘Transparent’

Music

Minus the trimmings

Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie & Lowell’

Film

The blazing heart

Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’

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