March 2012

Essays  Right arrow

Kevin Rudd: A Coup By Any Other Name

Kevin Rudd: A Coup By Any Other Name
Billionaire activists: Clive Palmer, Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart. © Philip Norrish/Newspix; Greg Wood/AAP; Tony McDonough/AAP
Lachlan Murdoch prepares to see his father, London, July 2011. © Paul Hackett/Reuters

News Limited

The Reluctant Son

Lachlan Murdoch and News Corp

A quota success story: an elected female representative leads an Indian village meeting for local women. Courtesy of the Hunger Project.


Status Quota

Do Mandatory Gender Quotas Work?

The Broken Hill 'Barrier Miner', 2 September 1952. Image courtesy of the National Library of Australia.


After the Dance

A 1952 Murder Mystery in Broken Hill

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

John Howard under advisement. © Andrew Meares/Fairfax Syndication

Comment: Attack of the Clones

“They should just clone ministers, you know. So we’re born at 55 with no past … and no genitals. Just a world of robots. It’s like a futuristic film, and you’d enjoy that wouldn’t you? You’d be in your little space station surrounded by obedient androids.” — Hugh Abbot MP to political adviser Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It.

Flag of Convenience

Australia Day in Pyalong

Members of the Sydney Convicts. © Sydney Convicts

Same-sex Union

Sydney’s Champion Gay Rugby Team


Rejecting the Centre

Chunky Move’s Anouk van Dijk


Love thy Leader

Fraser, Hawke, Keating and Howard in Retirement

Paul Kelly

One Last Deadline

Andrew McMillan

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

'As I was Saying: A Collection of Musings' by Robert Dessaix, Vintage Australia, 224pp;$27.95

As Robert Was Saying

In conversation with Robert Dessaix

De Beauvoir's heir? Badinter with the great thinker in 1983. © Francoise Duc Pages/Kipa/Corbis

Children’s Lib

Elisabeth Badinter’s 'The Conflict: Woman and Mother'

A group portrait from the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. Mitchell Librayr, State Library NSW [Slides 22/138]


Ice Works

Three Portraits of Antarctica

The Dirty Three on stage at Fowler's Bar in Adelaide, 2010. © Ben Searcy

Thirty Words

The Dirty Three’s 'Toward the Low Sun'

Cinema and its Discontents

Cinema and its Discontents

David Cronenberg’s 'A Dangerous Method' and Roman Polanski’s 'Carnage'

Noted  Right arrow

'The Clock' by Christian Marclay, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 29 March to 3 June 2012
'Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend of the World’s Most Famous Dog', Susan Orlean, Atlantic, 336pp; $29.99
Encounters  Right arrow
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz