Australian politics, society & culture



The shorter working week can work

It’s time to take the four-day work week seriously
Emma Dawson
The Perth Freight Link: Stranger than fiction. © Renee Schipp
The Monthly Essays

The Perth Freight Link: Stranger than fiction

The WA state election could end one of the country’s most controversial infrastructure projects
David Whish-Wilson
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Call for backup

How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
Russell Marks
The Nation Reviewed

Holy shark

Leonie the leopard shark’s switch to asexual reproduction is a world first
Ashley Hay
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Business as usual?

The confused case for corporate gender equality
Cordelia Fine
The Medicine

The war on food

Our minds and bodies have a complicated relationship with what we eat
Karen Hitchcock

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    Beautiful waste
    The poetry of David McComb
    Robert Forster
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    The West Coast boys done bad
    Ten years after the Eagles’ 2006 premiership, a culture is laid bare
    Martin McKenzie-Murray
    The West Coast boys done bad. West Coast Eagles 2006 premiership team
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    The new black
    The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common
    Ann Arnold
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    Lee Lin’s double life
    Lee Lin Chin’s rise from SBS newsreader to queen of satire
    Benjamin Law
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    The boomer supremacy
    The dominance of baby boomers is becoming total
    Richard Cooke
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The Totten hots up. Image of Aurora Australis alongside Totten glacier
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The Totten hots up
A major Antarctic glacier is becoming dangerously unstable
Jo Chandler
Back from the dead. Illustration
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Back from the dead
One dedicated bird watcher devoted years to the elusive night parrot
Anthony Ham
Malcolm Turnbull: A brief lament. Illustration
Malcolm Turnbull: A brief lament
The climate-science champion of 2010 has morphed into the fossil-fuel supporter of 2016
Robert Manne
Feeding  the  beast. Image of the Condamine River on fire
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Feeding  the  beast
Billion-dollar burnouts keep emissions rising
Richard Denniss


Is Michelle Guthrie tuned in to the ABC?. Image of Michelle Guthrie
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Is Michelle Guthrie tuned in to the ABC?
The new managing director’s vision isn’t clear
Margaret Simons
Get your Wiki on. Illustration
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Get your Wiki on
Wikiclub NT is raising the Northern Territory’s profile on Wikipedia
Oscar Schwartz
Why Google is a political matter. Julian Assange
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Why Google is a political matter
A conversation with Julian Assange
John Keane
Scientists reveal Murdoch’s true nature
Jazz Twemlow


Sex and pharmaceuticals. Illustration
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Sex and pharmaceuticals
It was championed by women’s groups, but Addyi is not the “female Viagra”
Karen Hitchcock
The new opium wars. Illustration
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The new opium wars
The links between Australia’s poppy industry and opioid addiction crisis
Hamish McDonald
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Performance check-up
How should doctors be assessed? And how should they assess themselves?
Karen Hitchcock
The Medicine
Preparations for the storm
How do doctors manage when there are more patients and fewer resources?
Karen Hitchcock


Arrested development. Image of James Packer
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Arrested development
James Packer has been down, but he’s not out
Richard Cooke
A game theory. James Lovatt
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A game theory
Lovatts Crosswords gave its profits to employees. What went wrong?
Richard Cooke
Bust  in  the  Pilbara. Image of mining workers flying from Perth
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Bust  in  the  Pilbara
A region returns to earth
Hamish McDonald
Crunch time. Image
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Crunch time
Australia’s car industry has met policy failure head-on
Richard Denniss


Tasmania got gamed. Image of Wrest Point casino, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Arts & Letters / Books
Tasmania got gamed
James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
Amanda Lohrey
The unedited life. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
The unedited life
The State Library of Victoria has acquired one of Australia’s finest collections of literary papers
Thornton McCamish
This storied land. Image of the Pilbara, Western Australia
Arts & Letters / Books
This storied land
Mark McKenna’s ‘From the Edge’ tells four fascinating stories of Aboriginal and settler interaction through the history of place
Frank Bongiorno
The art of biography. Image of Patrick White
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The art of biography
The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing
David Marr

Science & Technology

The science question and feminism
STEM is the future, and women need to be part of it
Margaret Wertheim
The eureka factory. Image of Xiaojing Hao
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The eureka factory
Australia’s solar champions face an uncertain future
Ceridwen Dovey
Dinosaur digger. Illustration
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Dinosaur digger
Melbourne Museum’s Thomas Rich has devoted more than 30 years to Australia’s polar dinosaurs
Chloe Hooper
The start-up whisperer. Illustration
The start-up whisperer
Just how innovative is the Turnbull government’s innovation package?
Nick Feik


Child’s play. Illustration
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Child’s play
The Melbourne Museum’s new gallery takes small children seriously
Zoë Morrison
Rhodes dollars. Illustration
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Rhodes dollars
The Rhodes Scholarship is slowly embracing diversity
Zoë Morrison
New students. Illustration
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New students
Welcome to the Collingwood English Language School
Ingrid Laguna
Thinking caps on. Image of Sydney University graduate
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Thinking caps on
Where has demand driven our universities?
Thornton McCamish


Fallen angels. © Dave Tacon
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Fallen angels
The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines
Margaret Simons
The Insult. Statue of a kouros in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens
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The Insult
An incurious encounter takes flight
Peter Robb
Spirit of independence. A TPN rebel at base camp in the jungle of West Papua
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Spirit of independence
A journey through West Papua
William Lloyd-George
The foundering miracle. Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan addresses the nation about the worsening situation at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, 25 March 2011
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The foundering miracle
Reflections on Japan
Hugh White


Masaaki’s sushi. Illustration
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Masaaki’s sushi
Join the queue for Tasmania’s most sought-after Japanese
Josephine Rowe
The dining boom. Wine distributors from China visit the Barossa Valley
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The dining boom
Australia’s food and wine industry is the next big thing in China
Hamish McDonald
The Nation Reviewed
Degustation Laconic
The language of menus
Aaron Timms
The Nation Reviewed
Gone Walkabout
The last Aussie-themed pub in London
Celina Ribeiro


The perfect cup of coffee
On an island in Nicaragua, a rocky incline stands between Steve Hely and the Holy Grail of caffeine
Steve Hely
‘White Sands’ by Geoff Dyer. Cover of White Sands
‘White Sands’ by Geoff Dyer
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Stephanie Bishop
Too upsetting. Illustration
Too upsetting
The boat cruise commentary had everything – except indigenous Tasmania
Bruce Pascoe
Magic and a one-woman show
Taking ‘Stories I Want to Tell You in Person’ to India
Lally Katz

Family & Relationships

Not-church on time. Illustration
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Not-church on time
The Weekly Service offers a different kind of communion
Sylvia Rowley
The hand of faith. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
The hand of faith
In 1980 a giant gold nugget changed the Hillier family’s fortunes
Lisa Clausen
Rough times. © Andrew Quilty / Fairfax Images
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Rough times
Homelessness has reached crisis levels in Melbourne and Sydney
Paul Connolly
Geert by sea. Source
Geert by sea
It took two weeks and endless bureaucracy to honour a dying wish
Claire Konkes

Law & Order

Duterte’s dirty war. Prisoners in the holding cells at Tondo police station, Manila
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Duterte’s dirty war
A trip to the Philippines reveals the human cost of the war on drugs
Margaret Simons
The secrets of others. Cover of East West Street
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The secrets of others
Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
Martin Krygier
Two victims, no justice. Lynette Daley
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Two victims, no justice
Ms Dhu, Lynette Daley and the alarming rates of violence against indigenous women
Marcia Langton
Very unusual payments. Illustration
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Very unusual payments
IBAC investigates the Victorian education department’s failed Ultranet
Catherine Ford

Indigenous Australia

Seeing visions. Still from Collisions
Arts & Letters / Film
Seeing visions
Lynette Wallworth’s ‘Collisions’ brings virtual reality to the Western Desert
Quentin Sprague
Seeking a settlement. Illustration
Seeking a settlement
How does the reinvigorated treaty movement fit with recognition?
Megan Davis
Mirrors to the landscape. Image of Aaron Pedersen and Alex Russell in Goldstone
Arts & Letters / Film / Television
Mirrors to the landscape
Cultural conflicts in Ivan Sen’s ‘Goldstone’ and the ABC’s ‘Cleverman’
Luke Davies
Chaos in the arts. Illustration
Chaos in the arts
Consultation and transparency are the keys to successful arts policy
Wesley Enoch

National Security

Looking for moles. Image of surveillance of David Combe
Arts & Letters / Books
Looking for moles
The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence
David McKnight
China flexes. Illustration
China flexes
The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours
Michael Wesley
Spies like Oz. ASIO surveillance photograph of the 1968 May Day March in Wollongong
Arts & Letters / Books
Spies like Oz
John Blaxland’s ‘The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963–1975’
David McKnight
Oil and water. Robert Domm interviews Xanana Gusmão, October 1990
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Oil and water
Australia blurs the lines with Timor-Leste
Mark Aarons


Climax isn’t the point. Image of Helen Tufts and Helena Born
Arts & Letters / Books
Climax isn’t the point
Emily Witt’s ‘Future Sex’ and Sheila Rowbotham’s ‘Rebel Crossings’ approach the concept of free love from different perspectives
Anwen Crawford
The gentlemen’s club. Illustration
The Medicine
The gentlemen’s club
Having a baby and having a medical career
Karen Hitchcock
Trans teens. Georgie Stone
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Trans teens
When human nature and the law intersect
Jenan Taylor
The Nation Reviewed
Cultural hazards
How do emergency services respond to the LGBTI community?
Jenan Taylor


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Desirable elements
Simon Oxenham has designed some of the world’s greatest skateparks
Jenan Taylor
8972 fans. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
8972 fans
The Newtown Jets rugby league team has a loyal – and increasingly urbane – suburban following
Alex McKinnon
Foot soldiers. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Foot soldiers
Trackside at a 24-hour ultramarathon
Paul Connolly
The Nation Reviewed
In the black corner
The Corporate Fighter course gets white-collar workers in the boxing ring
Alex McClintock