May 2020



The ministry of pandemics

How the spread of the virus revealed our leaders to us

Federal politics

Hillsong’s strange tides

Brian Houston’s Pentecostal movement in an age of climate change and coronavirus

Federal politics

Adam Bandt, the personable hardliner

Where will the Greens’ unusual new leader take the party?

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

What lessons will we learn from the virus?

Hope is essential, but optimism can be deadly


Another month of plague

Voices from the coronavirus outbreak

International politics

Electoral distancing

Australia’s Bernie Sanders volunteers


Power outage

Athlete Claire Keefer trains for a Paralympics now postponed


Quiet life

The acoustic ecologists documenting our quieted world


He is risen!

Keeping mum about the Easter Bunny

Rough draught

Keeping up appearances during periods of homelessness

Arts & Letters


The ripple effect: Cable Ties’ ‘Far Enough’

A big year turned on its head for the Melbourne band



‘Fathoms: The World in the Whale’ by Rebecca Giggs

The Australian writer’s lyrical consideration of our relationship with whales is a new and ambitious kind of nature writing


‘Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982’ by Cho Nam-Joo (trans. Jamie Chang)

The coldly brilliant, bestselling South Korean novel describing the ambient harassment and discrimination experienced by women globally

In Light of Recent Events


Zoom of Doom! What have we done to deserve this?