December 2018 – January 2019

Essays

Politics

Rebellion in Dutton country

Labor, the Greens and GetUp are preparing for battle in the Queensland electorate of Dickson

International politics

Losing the plot: the American midterms

Caravan conspiracies, dead candidates and a miasma of acrimony … welcome to the 2018 US campaign trail

Law and order

The retrial of David Eastman

AFP officer Colin Winchester was gunned down 30 years ago, and yet another twist in the case only just played out

Health

At the edge of comprehension

In Central Australia, the Anangu people and Western health professionals are working towards a common language

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

The Liberal Party: a rolling fiasco

The government’s suite of half-formed ideas work for no one

Environment

Saving Ningaloo again

Western Australia’s World Heritage site isn’t as protected as you’d expect

Federal politics

A Norfolk Island mutiny

Australia’s remote territory is agitating for autonomy

Issues and policies

Activists of a certain age

Meet the septuagenarian fronting a new generation of protesters

VOX

Notes from a strip club

Work as a stripper wasn’t quite what this newcomer imagined

Revisiting the kids of Angeles City

Three years on, how are the Filipino children of Australian sex tourists faring?

Arts & Letters

Poems

Les Murray’s magisterial ‘Collected Poems’

How to approach a 736-page collection by Australia’s greatest poet?

Books

Fair judgement without surrender: Chloe Hooper’s ‘The Arsonist’

The author of ‘The Tall Man’ tries to understand the motivations of a Black Saturday firebug

Film

Pawel Pawlikowski’s perfectly formed ‘Cold War’

Not a moment is wasted in what could be the Polish director’s masterpiece

Film & Television

Female fandom and Jessica Leski’s ‘I Used to be Normal’

They’ve been dismissed and patronised, but Beatlemaniacs, Directioners and other fangirls are very self-aware about their boy band ‘affliction’

Noted

Art

‘Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

From Matisse to Malevich: a considered snapshot of adventurous Russian collecting

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

For their Netflix debut, the Coen brothers return to the Western

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

A message from the prime minister