June 2019

Essays

Politics

The Morrison election: What we know now

Why did low-income voters turn to the Coalition while wealthy urbanites voted Labor?

Federal politics

Family feud

A firsthand view of the nation’s new political faultlines

Gambling

The lie of ‘responsible gambling’

Australia’s world-beating gambling addiction and the deception hiding it

Law and order

The case of the bouncy castle bombings

An arson spree and a missing party-hire boss

The Nation Reviewed

2019 election: The shock of the new normal

Why Morrison’s victory shouldn’t have surprised the major parties

Law and order

Hate speech isn’t freedom of speech

Australia’s debate over free speech online must go beyond Israel Folau

Health

Aged care in crisis

Stories of neglect and abuse from the royal commission

Television

At home in the Antarctic

The screenwriters living with the crew of Mawson station

Vox

The Vox Owl

Vanishing voices

The cultural damage of homogenising language

Arts & Letters

Books

The chthonic realms explored in Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Underland’

Cave systems, mines, urban sewers, mycelial networks, moulins and more

Film

A master’s misstep: Claire Denis’ ‘High Life’

The French auteur chooses a sci-fi film to start over-explaining things

Music

Seoul trained: K-pop and Blackpink

Trying to find meaning in the carefully formulated culture of K-pop

Noted

Books

‘Animalia’ by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

The French author delivers a pastoral that turns on human cruelty

Art

‘The Essential Duchamp’ at the Art Gallery of NSW

A comprehensive exhibition of the 20th century’s most influential artist

Art

‘Assembly’ by Angelica Mesiti at Venice Biennale

The democratic ideal is explored in the Australian Pavilion’s video installation

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

An alternative cinematic universe very much like our own