July 2019

Essays  Right arrow

Federal politics

The extinction rebels

Direct action protest and the rise of a new resistance movement

The extinction rebels
Mining the Moon

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


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  Right arrow


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

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

The Djab Wurrung Birthing Tree

The highway construction causing irredeemable cultural and environmental damage

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Image of Mungo MacCallum

Mungo MacCallum: A true journalistic believer

Celebrating the contribution of an Australian media legend

Image from 'Never Look Away'


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

Image from 'Mystify: Michael Hutchence'


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

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

Noted  Right arrow

Detail of 'Man, Eagle and Eye in the Sky: Two Eagles', by Cai Guo-Qiang


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

Cover image of ‘The Other Americans’ by Laila Lalami


‘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  Right arrow
Why did Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un suspend the Mass Games, held at Pyongyang’s gigantic May Day Stadium?
In light of recent events