April 2021

Essays

Society

Dining on disaster

What goes into the Tasmanian salmon on your plate. Essay by Richard Flanagan. Documentary by Justin Kurzel and Conor Castles-Lynch.

World

The worst form of defence

New revelations of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

Federal politics

Up the river

Hope is running dry in the Murray–Darling Basin

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

Dangerous precedents

Criminal law is not the only legal avenue to consider Christian Porter’s accountability and his future

Environment

Plight of the platypus

Extreme weather events are affecting this monotreme in unforeseen ways

Architecture

Green house effect

Joost Bakker’s vision for sustainable housing is taking root

Arts & Letters

Books

The death of Yokununna: ‘Return to Uluru’

Mark McKenna explores Australia’s history of violence, dispossession and deception through one tragic incident

Books

The lightness of unbearable being: ‘Double Blind’

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

Film

Amorality tale: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

Told from an unexpected perspective, Shaka King’s film is one of the best recent-historical dramas

Music

Girls don’t cry: Arlo Parks and Phoebe Bridgers

Two young musicians spark the old double standard of judging female artists who demonstrate their pain

Noted

Books

‘On the Line’ by Joseph Ponthus

Poetry is found in the processing plants of Brittany

Art

‘Clarice Beckett: The Present Moment’

This AGSA exhibition goes a long way to redress an Australian artist’s meagre reputation

Environment

Tasmania’s toxic secret

The rotting underbelly of the salmon industry. Essay by Richard Flanagan. Documentary by Justin Kurzel and Conor Castles-Lynch.

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

You don’t have to be a federal MP to master the non-answer