July 2021

Essays

Politics

On the chain

A Victorian abattoir dispute shone a light on a system designed to exploit migrant workers’ hopes and ambitions

Books

To be free

The Booker Prize–winning author on the need to write against the dogmas of conformity

Ian Macdonald

Blood lies

An African Australian’s DNA nightmare as faulty science keeps his family separated

The Nation Reviewed

COVID-19

JabSeeker

The disordered national vaccine rollout reveals systemic flaws in our politics

Environment

Planetary defence

A court ruling that the environment minister owes children a duty of care to prevent climate harm has far-reaching implications

Society

Supply and command

The young captain of HMAS Supply is transforming navy culture

Environment

Burning questions

A wildlife sanctuary in the Great Sandy Desert is studying how Indigenous fire management can protect biodiversity

Vox

The Vox Owl

The coast road

A daughter’s cross-border journey of memories and grief during the pandemic

Arts & Letters

Books

Transforming the national imagination: The ‘Dark Emu’ debate

Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe’s ‘Farmers or Hunter-gatherers?’ challenges ideas of progress championed by Bruce Pascoe

Film

Life in isolation: ‘Nine Days’ and ‘Bo Burnham: Inside’

A comedian’s isolated self-examination is more profound than Edson Oda’s confused film about what makes a good life

Noted

Books

‘The Five Wounds’ by Kirstin Valdez Quade

A young down-and-out man in a New Mexico village seeks transcendence in a ceremonial role as Jesus, in this debut novel

Art

‘Richard Bell: You Can Go Now’

The MCA’s retrospective of the influential activist-artist provides a fluent deconstruction of white supremacy

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

How I suffered the mother of all clusterfucks