July 2019



The extinction rebels

Direct action protest and the rise of a new resistance movement

Science and technology

Mining the Moon

The resources industry says it’s finders keepers in the new space race


Blackbirds: Australia’s hidden slave trade history

The racism that brought Australian South Sea Islanders here, and the racism that tried to send them back

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

Scott Morrison’s quiet Australians

Just how silent does the PM want Australians to be?

Law and order

Tear gas returns to Don Dale

Rolling back the reforms since the youth detention royal commission

Law and order

The Russell Street Bomber in the High Court

The unlikely source of a critical case for the nation’s separation of powers


You’re the voice

Helping trans and non-binary gendered people define their vocal identity

Indigenous Australia

Statement of origin

Indigenous rugby league players lead a silent revolt on the national anthem


The Vox Owl

The Djab Wurrung Birthing Tree

The highway construction causing irredeemable cultural and environmental damage

Arts & Letters


Mungo MacCallum: A true journalistic believer

Celebrating the contribution of an Australian media legend


Art life: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s ‘Never Look Away’ and Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’

By barely disguising an account of the life of Gerhard Richter, the German director fails the artist and filmgoers


All veils and misty: Richard Lowenstein’s ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’

The insider documentary that wipes clear the myths obscuring the INXS singer



Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘The Transient Landscape’ and the Terracotta Warriors at the National Gallery of Victoria

The incendiary Chinese artist connects contemporary concerns with cultural history


‘The Other Americans’ by Laila Lalami

An accidental death in a tale of immigrant generations highlights fractures in the promise of America

In Light of Recent Events


Why did Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un suspend the Mass Games, held at Pyongyang’s gigantic May Day Stadium?