February 2023

Essays  Right arrow

Federal politics

Capitalism after the crises

In a time of serial disruption – to our economy, our society and our environment – the treasurer argues for the place of values and optimism in how we rethink capitalism

Capitalism after the crises
Hillsong and the life of Brian

Law and order

Hillsong and the life of Brian

The Hillsong founder lost control, first of his judgement, then of his authority and finally of his church itself – now, on criminal trial, he’s desperate to control his story

Manila’s countless dead

Law and order

Manila’s countless dead

New president Ferdinand Marcos Jr promised a more compassionate approach to the Philippines’ war on drugs, but the shadow of Rodrigo Duterte remains

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Anthony Albanese and Anika Wells wearing masks among staff at St Paul’s Terrace aged-care home, Frankston, Victoria, August 15, 2022

Federal politics

Nothing to see here

It’s a new year and COVID remains a major public health crisis – so why isn’t the government talking about it?

Illustration of bushfires


Flame wars

Michael-Shawn Fletcher’s claims that conservation measures create extreme bushfire conditions are dangerously informing government policy

Illustration of smell-lines being inhaled through a nose


On senses: A citizen nose

Touring the suburbs with a man in possession of a professionally average sense of smell

Illustration of small figures on grey land below large night sky

Indigenous Australia

Care and control in the Kimberley

Could on-Country communities help address soaring juvenile crime rates in remote Western Australia?


Sweet regret

After the death of her mother, the author reflects on the hold of sugar upon her family’s health and history

Days on the Hawkesbury

Remembering the late poet through his writing about fishing on his beloved river

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Aerial view of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new buildings


Modern times: AGNSW’s new galleries

In Sydney Modern, Pritzker Prize–winning architects SANAA have delivered the gallery a cluster of pavilions with an emphasis on movement and people-watching

Close-up of two crude plaster figurines of young men


Terracotta worriers: Linda Marrinon

The Australian artist’s brilliant, cack-handed plaster and terracotta figurines recall ancient Greek statuettes, and possess a similar aura of inauthenticity

Still from ‘Babylon’ depicting Margot Robbie held aloft by crowd at a party


Wince upon a time in Hollywood: ‘Babylon’ and ‘Aftersun’

Damien Chazelle’s cacophonous reimagining of silent-cinema Tinseltown, and Charlotte Wells’ beguiling film about mourning

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Front cover of ‘Spare’, featuring close up of Prince Harry's face


Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’

The Duke of Sussex’s blockbuster memoir surprises with its mastery of self-portraiture, and of payback

Text-based cover design of ‘This Is Not Who I Am’


Emily Bootle’s ‘This Is Not Who I Am’

The British writer explores the debilitating effects of our culture’s insistence on the performance of authenticity

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Flowers being watered

‘Robert, this morning you have the straightest back in class’

In the first of a new series on lines long remembered, the author recalls how a schoolteacher’s praise reverberated beyond the classroom