Essays

 

A minor Australian literature

A minor Australian literature

André Dao
What is the relationship between writing—so often a lonely pursuit—and the nation, that slippery idea that is supposed to contain us all? ...
Australia in three books: π.O.

Australia in three books: π.O.

Elese Dowden
π.O. is advancing a radically new and delightfully anarchic method, not just for Australian poetry but for our entire age ...
Vale Esme Timbery (1931-2023)

Vale Esme Timbery (1931-2023)

Djon Mundine
It’s a universal Indigenous saying that When an Elder dies, a library is lost. And no more or less so in this case ...
The land of silent screams

The land of silent screams

Amy Remeikis
When Brittany Higgins came forward with her allegations, the nation split into two camps ...
The agency and the equity

The agency and the equity

Marcus Westbury
If we are to avoid a dependent, dystopian future, we need to consider ‘universal’ rights through a different lens ...
Ilkakelheme akngakelheme—resisting assimilation

Ilkakelheme akngakelheme—resisting assimilation

Theresa Penangke Alice
Kinship comes out of the Country itself, it comes from the Ancestor beings. Aboriginal people have grown up deep inside this from creation, and they live within it always and forever ...
Place my hands in the water

Place my hands in the water

Phoebe Grainer
Rain fell on my spirit and buried it somewhere in the dirt. It’s eight days post-referendum ...
Palestine as liberatory praxis

Palestine as liberatory praxis

Sara M Saleh
The People of Gaza insist on living—and so we must not assign them to their death ...
Without proportion or restraint

Without proportion or restraint

Jack Nicholls
‘The House has noticed the absorption which those who are engaged in the militant movement get in the subject, an absorption which amounts almost to a monomania which leads them to act without any sense of proportion or of restraint.’ ...
Ten years on from Hazelwood: last decade’s second-worst disaster

Ten years on from Hazelwood: last decade’s second-worst disaster

Tom Doig
Ten years on from the Hazelwood fire, what is there to say? That it was horrific, and horrifically unjust—then eventually things went back to normal? Or that people just ‘got over it’, which amounts to pretty much the same thing? ...
Get back in the kitchen

Get back in the kitchen

Michelle See-Tho
There shouldn’t be a binary of women who can and can’t cook. As in real life, there is nuance when it comes to people’s skills in the kitchen ...
Defying racism with love and care

Defying racism with love and care

Thomas Mayo
Summer 2023
Uluṟu stands still at the heart of the nation, an omnipresent red rock surrounded by an ocean of ochre. Immovable. The dark emu emerges each night, a silhouette among the stars. Unreachable. As sure as the sun will shine on ...
Yulendj Boonwurrung

Yulendj Boonwurrung

N'Arwee't Professor Carolyn Briggs
Summer 2023
The history of the first people of Melbourne—the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan of the Boonwurrung The area we today call Melbourne was part of the estate of the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan. The Yaluk-ut Weelam were a clan of the Boonwurrung—one of ...
The thylacine icon

The thylacine icon

Kate Kruimink
Summer 2023
The thylacine is an easy symbol of Tasmania’s exceptional wildness and beauty. You also receive the benefit of nostalgia from its image because it’s dead. You see it in shop windows felted, painted, sculpted and printed. It is available in ...
Lowering the cost of courage

Lowering the cost of courage

Kieran Pender
Summer 2023
At a recent event in Melbourne to launch the Human Rights Law Centre’s Whistleblower Project, a new legal service for those who speak up about wrongdoing, an interesting divergence of views emerged. It revealed much about the troubled state of ...