December 2014 – January 2015


Cold comfort

The president of Kiribati goes on a fact-finding mission in the Arctic


Roads to nowhere

Road freight is expensive, dirty and dangerous. Why are our governments addicted to it?

What’s the difference between a rock star and a pop star?

Australia has produced only six true rock stars

A welcome contradiction

Gambler and MONA founder David Walsh has written a book

The share market

Does the future belong to “sharing economy” companies like Uber and Airbnb?

The Nation Reviewed

Labor Party

Whitlam’s ghost

Remembering Gough Whitlam puts modern Labor to shame


Star noise

The world’s biggest radio telescope is under construction in Western Australia


Hay ladies

The women of outback Queensland kick off their heels in Australia’s smallest town

Lost ones

150 years ago, the Cooper-Duff children got lost in the Victorian bush


Arts & Letters

Climate change

Wilful blindness

Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’

The watchers

Frank Moorhouse’s ‘Australia Under Surveillance’ and David Horner’s ‘The Spy Catchers: The official history of ASIO, 1949–1963’


The other kind

Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’

Creatures of the night

Dan Gilroy’s ‘Nightcrawler’ and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’



Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne