February 2017

Essays  Right arrow


Arrested development

James Packer has been down, but he’s not out

Arrested development
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The new black

The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common

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The character business

What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow


International politics

Relying on Trump

Australia needs to rethink its approach to regional security


State politics

A big dump

Why is the South Australian government so enthused about a nuclear waste dump?



The new opium wars

The links between Australia’s poppy industry and opioid addiction crisis


Family and relationships

Not-church on time

The Weekly Service offers a different kind of communion



Back from the dead

One dedicated bird watcher devoted years to the elusive night parrot

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

The science question and feminism

STEM is the future, and women need to be part of it

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

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Climax isn’t the point

Emily Witt’s ‘Future Sex’ and Sheila Rowbotham’s ‘Rebel Crossings’ approach the concept of free love from different perspectives

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This storied land

Mark McKenna’s ‘From the Edge’ tells four fascinating stories of Aboriginal and settler interaction through the history of place

Still from Toni Erdmann

A German comedy?

Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ is one of the most misread movies of the year

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Who’s the boss now?

Bruce Springsteen is the consummate live performer

Noted  Right arrow

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‘Transit’ by Rachel Cusk

Jonathan Cape; $32.99

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In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
The simple act of drawing a pot plant
In light of recent events