James Bradley in The Monthly
Extreme weather events are affecting this monotreme in unforeseen ways.
In July last year, a team led by Dr Gilad Bino visited the catchments of the Manning and Hastings rivers, on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Only six months previously, bushfires had swept through the area, consuming ecosystems already damaged by prolonged drought, and Bino — a freshwater ecologist at UNSW — was there to assess the effects of these multiplying catastrophes on platypus populations.
Over two weeks, Bino’s team used nets to trap and count platypuses along Dingo Creek, a tributary…
By Dion Kagan in The Monthly
‘Years and Years’ creator Russell T. Davies turns his attention to the despair, anger and protective humour of the gay community in HIV/AIDS-era Britain.
In early 1999, at the tail end of the decade dubbed “the gay ‘90s” by Entertainment Weekly, some 3.5 million viewers of Channel 4 in the United Kingdom were exposed to the first primetime depiction of a male-on-male rim job. This hitherto unrepresented sex act appeared in the first episode of TV drama Queer as Folk, which was quickly scolded for what it portrayed but, ultimately, celebrated widely for its…
By Mike Seccombe in The Saturday Paper
The year of Covid-19 was a very good one for Gina Rinehart.
According to the most recent survey of Australia’s richest people, Rinehart’s fortune more than doubled in the year to February 2021, from $16.25 billion to $36.28 billion.
To put that in some context, her net worth is now about the same as that of 82,000 median Australians. Put another way, the increase in Rinehart’s fortune, some $20 billion over the Covid-19 year, would have paid the salaries of about 250,000 emergency care nurses.
There’s no real mystery about the reason for…
By Shane Danielsen in The Monthly
The award-winning film about America’s itinerants steers away from the darker stories of the working poor.
Many books have attempted to interrogate American decline, but few have done so with the diligence, attention and granular detail of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by the journalist and essayist Barbara Ehrenreich. …
We are now two years on from the massacre of 51 Muslims in Christchurch, a terrorist attack perpetrated by an Australian man. And once again the responsibility has fallen on members of the community who were targeted to remind Australia that this horrific incident occurred and is still to be reckoned with.
The erasure of the Christchurch attack from the political and media landscape in Australia has been staggering. Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise though, given how our leaders chose to respond in the immediate aftermath. “Extremist terrorism has no nationality,” Prime…
After the chaos of Trump’s loss and the Capitol Hill riot, the Republican Party is at war with itself, and the warning signs for America are loud and clear.
For a day or two in January, Jake Angeli, also known as Jacob Anthony Chansley, might have had the most famous face in the world. Many of the rioters who breached the Capitol Hill government buildings in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential election loss were readily identifiable, but even among the proud and conspicuous, Chansley stood out. In a press release issued after his…
By Mike Seccombe in The Saturday Paper
The rarefied and entitled boys-only private school network has created massive imbalances and injustice in the halls of power, public policy and broader society.
Francis Greenslade was never really part of the privileged class that runs our country. But he came close enough to get a good look at it, warts and all. Greenslade — an actor, teacher, writer, translator, musician — is probably best known through his work on the ABC’s satirical television show Mad as Hell. But in his youth, he had another claim to fame, as a champion debater.
By Stephanie Dowrick in The Saturday Paper
In the ’70s, staunch feminists led the charge towards equality — not just for women but for people of colour and the LGBTQIA+ community. Fifty years on, are the systems of power and constraint they railed against actually getting worse?
We were witty, exuberant protesters against centuries of sexism, and we were determined. We went far towards “reclaiming the night”. We also danced through the night in newly created women-only spaces. We looked at ourselves through a “female gaze”, dressing, talking and behaving in ways that had little reference to being “hetero-sexy”, “pleasing”…
“I am going away tomorrow. I am taking my son Omar with me.”
- Osama bin Laden, May 1996
Omar bin Osama bin Mohammed bin ‘Awad bin Laden, the fourth eldest son of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, plays a YouTube video titled “The Last Cowboy Song”. He mixes paint on a wooden palette and puffs on an antique German hunter tobacco pipe.
On his canvas, it’s midnight in the American south and the silhouette of five cowboys, in wide brim hats, is illuminated by a campfire.
“It means freedom,” explains Omar. Over…
‘Brave old world’ by Bruce Pascoe in The Saturday Paper
By 2030, nobody was surprised that the farm machinery sector was holding up. Demand was through the roof from farmers who needed smaller, more flexible harvesters and threshing machines suited for differential seed sizes. Those in the know had seen this shift before when the chemical industry had seamlessly moved away from artificial fertilisers towards more organic supplies.
But it was a surprise to see a pop-up furniture industry built around recycled fence posts. The hipsters, now known as chipsters, couldn’t get enough of the new, rugged furniture made from…
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