November 2021

Essays

Politics

The needle and the damage done

The federal government’s handling of the pandemic has been the worst public policy screw-up in Australian history

Politics

The silence of the lambs

The corporatisation of the largest charities and NGOs has had alarming effects

Federal politics

The spin and secrecy threatening the Australian environment

How the government is failing on the environment by hiding critical science

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

Net zero ambition on climate

The charade of Coalition emissions plans

International politics

Who runs the mines in Papua?

Foreign mining companies are exiting Papua, amid accusations of Indonesian corruption

COVID-19

Lockdown loaves and hampers

The pandemic has led to a surge in people needing help putting food on the table

Indigenous Australia

Suspended from the rock

Rock-climbers at Arapiles/Dyurrite say the parks department has misled traditional owners over climb closures

Law and order

Pride of place

Why the Bondi Memorial honouring victims of Sydney’s LGBTIQ hate-crime epidemic matters for victims and their families

Arts & Letters

Books

Speaking in tongues: ‘The Books of Jacob’

Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk’s latest novel in translation turns on the nature of language itself

Books

A tightening knot: ‘On Freedom’

Maggie Nelson’s essay collection argues against the false binary of freedom and obligation

Film

Ranch dressing: ‘The Power of the Dog’

Jane Campion’s new film takes to a 1920s Montana ranch for its story of repressed sexuality

Noted

Television

‘New Gold Mountain’

SBS’s Australian goldfields series looks beyond colonial orthodoxies to tell the neglected stories

Books

‘The Magician’ by Colm Tóibín

The Irish novelist’s latest ponders creativity and the unacknowledged life of Thomas Mann

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

UN Climate Change Conference, AUS2056