December 2022 – January 2023

Essays  Right arrow

Indigenous Australia

Yukun’s return

The historic repatriation of the remains of an Aboriginal man murdered by a white policeman at Uluru in 1934

Yukun’s return
Firewood harvesting threatens forests


Firewood harvesting threatens forests

Illegal timber felling is destroying globally significant river red gum forests in northern Victoria

Robodebt and the transmission of shame

Federal politics

Robodebt and the transmission of shame

What the robodebt royal commission tells us about who knew what, and why it matters

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Treasurer Jim Chalmers, November 9, 2022

Federal politics

Jim Chalmers’ moment

How an understanding of history would prepare our economic leaders to lay the groundwork for the future

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Doctored facts in The Australian

The danger of misrepresenting new malpractice regulations as muzzling doctors’ opinions

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Science and technology

Heart of old

How an Australian discovered the oldest heart on the fossil record in the Kimberleys

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Religion and ethics

The goddess of Moonee Ponds

In a temple in Melbourne, mystics, activists and feminists find common cause in goddess worship

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

A patch of land

The joys of planning then surrendering to a native garden, before bidding it a fond farewell

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Installation view, ‘Clearing’


The artist in space: Simryn Gill’s ‘Clearing’

A new commission for AGNSW’s Sydney Modern showcases the artist’s dedication to bearing witness

Still from ‘Triangle of Sadness’


Louche rich sink ships: Ruben Östlund’s ‘Triangle of Sadness’

The Swedish director’s Palme d’Or–winning satire of the ultra wealthy successfully throws a lot of (literal) crap at the wall

Still from ‘Tár’


Orchestral manoeuvres: ‘Tár’ and ‘White Noise’

Todd Field’s drama asks to what extent we can separate a work from its maker, while Noah Baumbach tackles DeLillo’s best-known novel

Image of Robert Connolly


The dry and the wet: Robert Connolly

The Australian producer-director of ‘Blueback’ has always sought to spotlight people with vision

Photograph of Oren Ambarchi


While my guitar gently bleeps: Oren Ambarchi’s ‘Shebang’

Another mesmerising album from the itinerant Australian, in collaboration with some of the biggest names in experimental music

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


The glass abattoir

A new story from Nobel Prize–winning author J.M. Coetzee, in its first English publication, for Summer Reading

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


The couples therapist

A new story from Abigail Ulman, author of ‘Hot Little Hands’, for Summer Reading

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


A Christmas Carol coda

TV host, comedian and writer Shaun Micallef revisits Dickens’ seasonal classic, for Summer Reading

Noted  Right arrow

Cover of ‘Lessons’


Ian McEwan’s ‘Lessons’

The English master novelist’s latest describes a boy’s sexual awakening with his piano teacher, and its lasting impact on his life

Cover of ‘ART’


Charmaine Papertalk Green and John Kinsella’s ‘ART’

The poets’ second collaboration, including work from the late Nyoongar artist Shane Pickett, interrogates the settler-colonial mindset

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
Einstein on the beach
In light of recent events