November 2019

Essays

Politics

Picking up the pieces

Anthony Albanese wants to be a Labor leader, not an Opposition leader

Federal politics

How good is Queensland?

Voices from the state that has turned against Labor as a party of federal government

Indigenous rights

The promised land

Bougainville’s independence vote is a historic moment for Papua New Guinea, and a reckoning for Australia

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

Revolutions past

Labor and the Liberals have abandoned their old ideological contests as they battle to define the values of the new middle class

Law and order

The strip-search state

Successful compensation cases haven’t curbed the prevalence of unlawful strip-searches by NSW Police

Environment

Bait and switch

Lumping dingoes in with “wild dogs” means the native animals are being deliberately culled

Travel

Yellow submarine

A former Russian athlete’s plan for Australia’s first commercial sub

Arts & Letters

Books

Radical ambiguity: Jia Tolentino, Rachel Cusk and Leslie Jamison

The essay collections ‘Trick Mirror’, ‘Coventry’ and ‘Make It Scream, Make It Burn’ offer doubt and paradoxical thinking in the face of algorithmic perfectionism

Film

Late style: Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

Reuniting with De Niro, Pacino and Pesci, the acclaimed director has delivered less of a Mob film than a morality play

Books

A way home: Archie Roach

The writer of ‘Took the Children Away’ delivers a memoir of his Stolen Generations childhood and an album of formative songs

Noted

Art

‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’

The beautiful photographs of often grim subjects in NGV Australia’s exhibition raise questions over the medium’s power to critique

‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood

The Booker Prize–winning sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is an exhilarating thriller from the “wiliest writer alive”

Books

‘The Man Who Saw Everything’ by Deborah Levy

The British author experiments with a narrative structure that collapses past and present

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

The Teacher–Parent Interview