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Asylum seekers

Australia needs to hear asylum seekers’ stories, in our own words

Our presence has preoccupied the nation, but our stories have been excluded from the national narrative

Film

Debt burden: Paul Schrader’s ‘The Card Counter’

The acclaimed writer-director indulges his experimental streak in a thriller that inverts the popular conception of the gambling man

Film

‘Get Back’ is ‘slow TV’ for Beatles nuts

Despite plenty of magical moments, Peter Jackson’s eight-hour epic is the work of a fanatic, and will likely only be watched in full by other fanatics

Television

Candid camera: ‘How To with John Wilson’

Both delightfully droll and genuinely moving, John Wilson’s idiosyncratic documentary series is this month’s streaming standout

Issues and policies

Can we ever hope for a new Clean Energy Act?

Ten years after the high-water mark of cooperation between Labor and the Greens, why haven’t the “progressive” parties worked together since then?

Television

Power plays: ‘Total Control’ season two

Led by Deborah Mailman’s tour de force performance, the political drama’s second season homes in on truth-telling in the public sphere

Media

Good riddance, Alan Jones

The shock jock is finally brought down by lacklustre ratings

Film

Performance art: ‘Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s latest film, keenly observing human behaviour, considers the tension between the real and the affected

Film

Practical magic: ‘Petite Maman’ and ‘Undine’

The new films by Céline Sciamma and Christian Petzold share a dreamlike sensibility

Federal politics

How Australian public life has been diminished

Culture wars, climate wars and the bureaucratisation of writing have eroded the public sphere