September 2018



Can David Sinclair cure old age?

The Australian geneticist believes ageing is a disease we can treat


The AFL’s concussion problem

Is the league running interference on the damage concussion can cause?


Laurie Matheson, our man in Moscow

Was ‘Australia’s James Bond’ working for the KGB? Or ASIO? Or both?

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

Labor’s great big new tax plan

Bill Shorten wants to reframe how we tackle the budget

Law and order

Islam on the inside

Queensland’s first Muslim prison chaplain has first-hand experience of the system

Indigenous Australia

The return of the Moree Boomerangs

The First on the Ladder arts project is turning things around for a rugby club and the local kids


Filling a big hole in the property market

The old Cave Hill quarry in Melbourne will be home to thousands

The Courts

Courtroom drama, Broadmeadows style

The hopeful and the hapless flow through a magistrates’ court


Arts & Letters


Leonard Bernstein: show tunes and symphonies

Centenary celebrations highlight the composer’s broad ambitions and appeal

Film & Television

The hermitic world of Debra Granik’s ‘Leave No Trace’

The ‘Winter’s Bone’ director takes her exploration of family ties off the grid


Low’s ‘Double Negative’: studies in slow transformation

Twelve albums in, the Minnesota three-piece can still surprise in their unique way



‘One Hundred Years of Dirt’ by Rick Morton

A social affairs reporter turns the pen on himself


‘John Mawurndjul: I Am the Old and the New’ at the MCA, Sydney

The celebrated bark painter’s ethos guides this retrospective exhibition

In Light of Recent Events


Fortnite: Parents’ Edition