April 2022

Essays  Right arrow


Independents and the balance of power

The federal election may hinge on a new crossbench of professional women in wealthy inner-city seats and a rural revolt against the Nationals

Independents and the balance of power
The psychic terror wrought by palm-oil production


The psychic terror wrought by palm-oil production

How oil-palm plantations have uprooted the lives and dreams of a Papuan community

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Flood scene from Lismore, New South Wales, February 28, 2022


Past the warning stage on climate

The floods and the advent of the climate emergency

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Flooding back

Watching the Brisbane River swell, once more, to a destructive force

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

International politics

All the way with CBK

Caroline Kennedy’s appointment as US ambassador to Australia is a sign of the rising temperature in the Pacific

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Law and order

Blinding contracts and labour law

A British backpacker’s win in the High Court has inadvertently left contractors with fewer employment protections

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Law and order

Wholesome prison blues

The end of Risdon Prison’s Spartan Debating Club, which offered inmates skills for non-violent conflict

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

Both barrels

The author’s diaries record the early months of a year with change in the air

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, ‘Dibirdibi country’ (2008


Art heist: The landmark conviction of an Aboriginal art centre’s manager

The jailing of Mornington Island Art’s chief executive for dishonest dealing has shone a light on ethics and colonialism in the Indigenous art world

Detail of Anne Wallace’s ‘She is’ (2001)


A new kind of history: ‘Know My Name’

A radical exhibition of women artists at the NGA draws wondrous connections across time and between disciplines

Detail from cover of Elena Ferrante’s ‘In the Margins’


A writer unfolded: Elena Ferrante’s ‘In the Margins’

In an essay collection, the mysterious author of the Neapolitan novels pursues the “excessive” to counter patriarchal literature’s dominance

Publicity still from ‘The Duke’


Maturity breach: ‘The Duke’ and ‘Big Bug’

While Roger Michell’s final film pairs Jim Broadbent with Helen Mirren in a dignified, grown-up cinema, Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns with a juvenile sci-fi sex-comedy

Noted  Right arrow

Still from ‘Slow Horses’


‘Slow Horses’

A sardonic Gary Oldman heads a misfit branch of MI5 in Apple TV+’s thrilling exploration of personal motivation and political expedience

Image from ‘The Golden Cockerel’


‘The Golden Cockerel’

Barrie Kosky’s Adelaide production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera satirising the Russo-Japanese War came with uneasy resonances

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
Regrowth at Banksia Bluff, Victoria
In light of recent events