April 2023

Essays  Right arrow

Issues and policies

Penny Wong’s next big fight

Does the foreign minister believe AUKUS positions Australia for an inevitable Pacific war, or does she still think we needn’t choose between the US and China?

Penny Wong’s next big fight
Climate justice in the Pacific

Climate change

Climate justice in the Pacific

The lack of global action on the climate crisis has left grassroots groups leading the fight against catastrophe in PNG




The Sydney-based fashion label Ellery collapsed in 2019, leaving creditors owed millions, so why is the brand, now in Paris, still feted as an Australian success story?

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen speaking in the House of Reps, March 20, 2023

Federal politics

Dial ‘M’ for mandate

The idea that governments must not pursue policy they didn’t take to an election is political nonsense

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Machine learning

The AI-writing app ChatGPT poses a challenge not only to our education system but to how we think

Illusatrtion by Jeff Fisher


Plains speaking

How lockdowns and personal struggles led Jess McGuire to her new gig as a host of ABC Western Plains radio

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Little club of horrors

The passions of carnivorous-botany enthusiasts go well beyond Venus flytraps, the “gateway plants”

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The Vox Owl

War correspondence

Taciturn letters to the author’s family, written by his grandfather on World War One battlefields, prompt consideration of intergenerational trauma

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Image of Alexis Wright, seated, 2007


Sovereignty of imagination: Alexis Wright

A new novel from the acclaimed Indigenous writer occasions a survey of her work, immersed in Country and the ongoing experience of colonisation

Image of slide and rocks from ‘Rocks on Wheels’, Southbank, Melbourne


Slide and the family stone: Mike Hewson

The artist playing with risk and constructing public spaces that make wry observations of how we treat nature in our urban environments

Close-up of donkey's face from ‘EO’


Donkey gong: Jerzy Skolimowski’s ‘EO’

The venerable Polish director’s latest film follows a donkey on a moving yet unsentimental journey

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Cover of ‘I Have Some Questions for You’


Rebecca Makkai’s ‘I Have Some Questions for You’

In this sharp campus novel about memory and abuse, a woman returns to the boarding school where her friend was murdered

Cover of ‘The Bookbinder of Jericho’


Pip Williams’ ‘The Bookbinder of Jericho’

The Australian author’s second novel returns to World War One England to consider the significance of meaningful work for women

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Flowers being watered

‘When in doubt, make a fool of yourself’

The inspirational advice from a book that emboldened the author to pursue a career in writing and cartooning, and to approach life with joy