December 2021 – January 2022

Essays  Right arrow


The stunted country

There can be no republic without constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians

The stunted country
The fossil-fuel industry’s grip on Australian hearts and minds


The fossil-fuel industry’s grip on Australian hearts and minds

Is there hope that public misconceptions of the importance of coal and gas can be overcome?

The unhinged pursuit of profit is destroying us


The unhinged pursuit of profit is destroying us

To undo the worst of neoliberalism we need to target need, rather than race or identity

On Her Majesty’s secret disservice

National security

On Her Majesty’s secret disservice

The reporter who uncovered the truth about Kim Philby, the 20th century’s most infamous spy, and his warnings for democratic society

The artist making sculpture for penguins


The artist making sculpture for penguins

How creating sculpture for animals is transforming wildlife conservation and the art world

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Image of The Sea of Hands, representing support for reconciliation and the rights of Indigenous Australians

Indigenous rights

The truth about truth-telling

Revisiting trauma is not the road to justice for Aboriginal people

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Did Federation compromise our democracy?

How the advent of Australia’s national government separated power from people and place

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Declaration of independents

The success of Indi MP Helen Haines points to more non-aligned voices in parliament

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Echidna poo has changed our understanding of human evolution

Citizen science is not only helping echidna conservation, but changing how we think about evolution

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

A homemade algorithm chooses every book I read

How a monumental to-read list turned into a spreadsheet that randomly selects books

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Bing Crosby and David Bowie on Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas, circa 1977.


Oh, carols!

The music of Christmas, from the manger to the chimney

Abbotsford I


Abbotsford I

New poetry, after lockdowns

Image of Gerald Murnane


Final sentence: Gerald Murnane’s ‘Last Letter to a Reader’

The essay anthology that will be the final book from one of Australia’s most idiosyncratic authors

Image of The Kid Laroi


New kid on the block: The Kid Laroi

How Australia has overlooked its biggest global music star, an Indigenous hip-hop prodigy

Still from ‘No Time To Die’


The Bond market: ‘Dune’ and ‘No Time To Die’

Blockbuster season begins with a middling 007 and a must-see sci-fi epic

Noted  Right arrow

Cover of ‘Crossroads’


‘Crossroads’ by Jonathan Franzen

The acclaimed US author’s latest novel is a 1971 church drama modelled on ‘Middlemarch’

Still from ‘Yellowjackets’



The US drama about teen plane-crash survivors is a heady mix of folk horror and high-school betrayal

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
Let’s colour our post-lockdown existential crisis summer by numbers!
In light of recent events