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Sunday essay: sex, swimming and smudgy louvres – watching Monkey Grip 40 years on

Image: An early poster for Monkey Grip, starring Noni Hazelhurst and Colin Friels. MIFF The woman’s name is Nora, and she’s getting out of the pool...

Sunday essay: a slave state – how blackbirding in colonial Australia created a legacy of racism

Image: Kanakas on a sugar cane plantation, Queensland c.1890. Public domain In July 2021, Jack Dempsey, the mayor of Bundaberg, delivered an official apology for Northern...

Sunday essay: ambition, our least liked virtue?

Image: Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, jogs onto Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket landing pad in Texas in...

Sunday essay: 30 years after Mabo, what do Australia’s battler stories – and their evasions – say about who we are?

The Mabo decision in 1992 was a turning point for Australia. It finally overturned the dishonest doctrine of terra nullius and recognised Indigenous land rights. It was a...

Sunday essay: why soldiers commit war crimes – and what we can do about it

A member of the US’s elite counterterrorism force in Iraq, wearing a skull mask. Khalid Mohammed/AP The following essay contains disturbing images and language. In 2020, the...

Sunday essay: if growing US-China rivalry leads to ‘the worst war ever’, what should Australia do?

A military officer salutes during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing. Mark Schiefelbein/AP Should Australia join the United...