May 2011

John Howard on the rise, 1984. Image courtesy of the National Archives of Australia.

Federal politics

What’s right?

The future of the Liberal Party

Chris Lilley in characters. Courtesy of the ABC. © John Tsiavis


Can we be heroes?

Chris Lilley and the politics of comedy

A TPN rebel at base camp in the jungle of West Papua. © KC Ortiz

Race and ethnicity

Spirit of independence

A journey through West Papua

Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan addresses the nation about the worsening situation at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, 25 March 2011. © Tomohiro/Bloomberg/Getty Images

International politics

The foundering miracle

Reflections on Japan

Katsushika Hokusai, 'Under the Wave off Kanagawa', c. 1830. © Corbis


The work of catfish

Reflections on Japan

A tempting prospect, the Milford Track. © Richard Hamilton Smith/Corbis


The sound of silence

Hiking the Milford Track, New Zealand

Panchakarma, an Ayurvedic enema treatment. © Luca Tettoni/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis


Tide of improvement

Health retreats

The view from Tufi Dive Resort, overlooking a fjord and out to Mt Trafalgar. © Don Silcock/Indo-Pacific Images


In the fjords

Tufi, Papua New Guinea

A Siberian tiger feeds on a live chicken in the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, 2011. © How Hwee Young/EPA/Corbis


Holiday on ice

Harbin, China

Celebrations in Sofia: the Day of Bulgarian Culture and Slavic Letters, 24 May 1968. © Keystone-France/Getty Images
A rapscallian's resort, Central Park. © Cameron Davidson / Corbis


Wanted for loitering

Central Park, New York

The fifteenth-century Sankore Mosque, Timbuktu, Mali. © Alex/Morales/Bloomberg/Getty Images


To Timbuktu and back

Visiting a library in Mali

Hungry raccoons. © Bettmann / Corbis


Beastly travels

Animal-watching abroad

Bluestone Bay, Tasmania. © Paul Sinclair / The Freycinet Experience


The quiet peninsula

Freycinet, Tasmania

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Illustration by Jeff Fisher
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.


Speech bubbles

Dubious real estate coverage

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.


Will to live

The secret lives of ants

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.


Owners of Australia

Australia’s rich list

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Shaun Gladwell, 'Tangara', production still, 2003. (Photographer: Josh Raymond.) Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.
Lindsay Tanner at the despatch box, 25 May 2010. © Alan Porrit / AAP Image


Too much information

Lindsay Tanner’s ‘Sideshow’

Manning Clark with his image, as sculpted by Ninon Geier, c. 1985. Courtesy of the National Library of Australia.


A grand history

Mark McKenna’s ‘An Eye for Eternity’

Broken communities


Broken communities

Justin Kurzel’s ‘Snowtown’ and Brendan Fletcher’s ‘Mad Bastards’

Noted  Right arrow

'Cloudstreet', By Matthew Saville (director),Screening in three parts on Showtime, from 22 May
'Mrs Carey’s Concert', By Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond (directors),In national release
'Caleb’s Crossing', By Geraldine Brooks, HarperCollins, 400pp; $32.99
Encounters  Right arrow
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz