September 2019

Essays

Politics

Howard’s Heir: On Scott Morrison and his suburban aspirations

How the PM’s ‘Quiet Australians’ echoes Howard’s battlers and Menzies’ ‘Forgotten People’

Music

All Tomorrow’s Parties

The life and death of Spiro Boursinos, impresario of rave culture’s pioneering event Earthcore

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

A time to remember

The passing of Labor’s great speechwriter Graham Freudenberg highlights the party’s absence of a clear rationale

Child abuse

The Newcastle trial of Graeme Lawrence

The second most senior churchman in Australia to be found guilty of child sexual abuse

Health

Spiralling admissions

Victoria’s royal commission hears stories of a dysfunctional, under-resourced mental health system

Family and relationships

Safety net

The security business partnering with domestic violence services to help women and children escape abuse

Art

On the beaches

Luke Cornish’s Border Force mural at Bondi Beach comes under attack

Vox

The Vox Owl

Mansuasion

Jane Austen as reviewed by men on Goodreads

Arts & Letters

Books

Our largest sexual organ: Amee Baird’s ‘Sex in the Brain’

We know surprisingly little about how our brains orchestrate our sex lives

Australian Film

Tasmanian torments: Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Nightingale’

The Babadook director talks about the necessity of violence in her colonial drama

Music

Losing yourself

How can we be transformed by music if online platforms mean we will always remain ourselves?

Noted

Television

‘Lambs of God’

Director Jeffrey Walker blends ripe melodrama and Gothic thriller in his TV series about three wayward nuns

Books

‘Here Until August’ by Josephine Rowe

The Australian author’s second short-story collection focuses on the precipice of change rather than its culmination

Books

‘The Godmother’ by Hannelore Cayre

A sardonic French bestseller about a godmother, in the organised crime sense of the word

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

Senator Matt Canavan or Yowie?