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Winter 2021

Published 15 June 2021


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'The world knows that the Australian immigration process is very tough.' In the magazine's cover feature Still Lives, five people now resident in Australia and New Zealand tell in vivid first-hand accounts the stories of lives stilled by statelessness or detention, and lives settled in a new home and a sense of belonging. Their stories are matched with luscious images by artist Sarah Walker. Anna Spargo-Ryan looks at recent cases of sexual harassment and violence in and around the national parliament and concludes 'This government cannot deliver action on sexual violence. They have told us to our faces: they simply do not understand how.' Mark Pesce considers the recent battles between the Australian Government and the world's major players in social media and the online world, an epoch-defining clash, he argues, between state sovereignty and technological monopoly. Historian James Curran has a long conversation with that legend of well-chosen Australian letters, Don Watson. In the first of two pieces looking at allegations of war crimes made against Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, Bobuq Sayed argues that 'The war crimes detailed by the Brereton Report are endemic to a growing culture of white supremacy in Australia that has also clearly taken root in the ADF.' Caroline Graham looks at the very long history of 'regrettable incidents' involving Australian soldiers, a story of 'warriors, bad apples and blood lust'.

 



Meanjin Papers

STILL LIVES
Khan, Hafsar, Aziyah, Jasmin & Abbas



 

Fiction

PASSAGE
Bella Li

LAMENT
Shannon Burns

NO COCKATOOS
Bri Lee

MAN COMES HOME LATE, SHOWERS
Jocelyn Richardson



Reviews

INNOCENCE
Stephen Pham

DO CEPHALOPODS DREAM OF THE ANTHROPOCENE?
Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn

I INSIST
Mindy Gill

MAPPING GRIEF
Raelee Lancaster

AGEING AND FRIENDSHIP THROUGH
THE POWER OF THE CHORUS
Gabriella Munoz


Poetry

What We Call Light
Derek Chan

Bird's Nest
Graham Akhurst

Exact/Inexact
π.o.

I was born without a face
Helena Pantsis

Ox in Metal
Jennifer Maiden

Like a Russian Novel
Jane Downing

Cheap Trick
Liam Ferney

Virtual Conference in the Tropics
Aidan Coleman

Internal Forces
John Kinsella

I write poems when I wake at 1.30 am to pump
Caitlin Maling

His Funeral 
Geoff Page

Ghost Story
Tracy Ryan

deflated at dusk
Rebecca Jessen