June 2014


Sugar town

Have we lost control of what we eat?


The people versus the political class

The distance between us and our rulers is getting bigger


The end of secrets

Privacy is fast becoming a quaint old-fashioned thing

The Nation Reviewed

Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer the trickster

The Palmer United Party are anti-politics wildcards in Parliament

Nuclear waste at Muckaty

A trip to the site of a proposed nuclear waste dump on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory


An Aussie bullfighter in Spain

In the 1960s, Sydneysider Chris Meagher was a torero known as “El Australiano”


Names of the game

A singular analysis of AFL players’ names


The Vox Owl


Love, death and the Serbian flag

Arts & Letters

‘Reformation’ at Sydney’s White Rabbit Gallery

Judith Neilson’s groundbreaking collection of contemporary Chinese art

Classical music

A century and a half of Richard Strauss

A look back at the last of the great Romantic composers

Sex and sadness in HTRK’s ‘Psychic 9–5 Club’

The Melbourne band's new album owes as much to tragedy as to the clubs of London and Berlin

The beautiful cliches of David Michôd’s ‘The Rover’

A very, very good director has made a pretty ordinary film