June 2014

Essays  Right arrow

Sugar town

Have we lost control of what we eat?

Sugar town
Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott at the opening of parliament, November 2013. © Gary Ramage / Newspix  

The people versus the political class

The distance between us and our rulers is getting bigger

A postcard showing the interior of Stateville Correctional Centre, Illinois, modelled on Bentham’s Panopticon. Courtesy of Alex Wellerstein


The end of secrets

Privacy is fast becoming a quaint old-fashioned thing

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Clive Palmer the trickster

Clive Palmer the trickster

The Palmer United Party are anti-politics wildcards in Parliament

Nuclear waste at Muckaty

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


An Aussie bullfighter in Spain

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

Names of the game


Names of the game

A singular analysis of AFL players’ names

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl


Love, death and the Serbian flag

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Thomas Piketty. © Ed Alcock / MYOP
Follow You (detail), 2013, Wang Qingsong. Courtesy of White Rabbit Gallery.

‘Reformation’ at Sydney’s White Rabbit Gallery

Judith Neilson’s groundbreaking collection of contemporary Chinese art

Richard Strauss in 1904. Photo by Edward Steichen

A century and a half of Richard Strauss

A look back at the last of the great Romantic composers

HTRK. © Robert Bellamy

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’

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

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

Noted  Right arrow

Philip Chubb’s ‘Power Failure’
Bob Carr’s ‘Diary of a Foreign Minister’
Encounters  Right arrow
Mark Oliphant & J Robert Oppenheimer