March 19, 2023
Image: Coal terminal south of Mackay, Queensland. © OZSHOTZ / Alamy Stock Photo
Some news stories are shrouded in the language of complexity. Specialist knowledge, niche detail, wilfully obtuse acronyms or terminology – those with vested interest avoid scrutiny by deliberately complicating the issue. And that’s where serious journalism and quality writing come in. It’s hard to think of an area more in need of straight talk and clear thinking than climate policies and the legislative moves towards net zero emissions. In the March issue of the magazine, former editor Nick Feik unpicks the shell game around the carbon credits system and the safeguard mechanism. Reading it will help you understand before – inevitably – provoking rage, fear and despair in equal measure. Perfect for a Sunday!
Image: Jacinda Ardern leaves the New Zealand parliament for the last time as prime minister, January 25, 2023, Wellington, New Zealand. © Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images
Don Watson, noted scourge of doublespeak and the degradation of public language, turns his attentions to the role of decency in our political discourse and our political leadership. From Jacinda Ardern to robodebt, the examples of where it is present and where it is lacking – not to mention the wholesale failures of sympathy that we’ve started to accept as normal – make for fascinating reading.
Images: Two illustrations by Jeffery Fisher
The Nation Reviewed pieces at the front of the magazine each issue are a masterclass in revelatory pen portraits drawn from the communities around us. This month, Anthony Ham explores a workshop for Indigenous trackers in the Northern Territory and Chloe Hooper takes a moment of breathing space in a new exhibit at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
Image: Image via Twitter / @OzKitsch
And, as ever, Rachel Withers’ insights in The Politics make sense of the chatter around AUKUS and some expensive speculative submarines, not least thanks to a handy Das Boot reference. Happy reading.
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The Monthly | Sunday Reads: How we’re betting our climate future on a scam, the lack of sympathy in our politics, and more
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