A rainbow wreath laid by defence forces at a contemporary Anzac Day service. Daniel Spellman/Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service

Anzac

Witch-hunts and surveillance: the hidden lives of queer people in the military

Until 1992, being a gay or lesbian soldier was illegal in Australia. New research is unearthing the heartbreaking stories of people who devoted their life to the military but were discharged when their sexuality was exposed.
One of Hermann Nitsch’s previous works, the Orgies Mysteries Theatre in Italy, 2015. AAP/Antonio Melita

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Dark Mofo’s slaughtered bull and the ethics of using animals in art

There is a history of mistreatment of animals in the name of art. But isn’t it about time artists made their point about human domination without themselves asserting dominance over beasts?
Queen Elizabeth II meets with Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans at the Australian War Memorial in 2011. Graham Tidy/AAP

Nationhood

Friday essay: King, Queen and country – will Anzac thwart republicanism?

As Australians once found spiritual communion through allegiance to the British monarch, they find similar virtues in Anzac today. Can the republican movement connect with a large enough number of people in a similar way?
Claire Sermonne as Louise de Rohan in the television series Outlander. Left Bank Pictures, imdb

History on screen

How accurate are the costumes in TV period dramas?

From The Crown to Outlander to classics such as Pride and Prejudice, clothes make a period drama. In The Crown, historical accuracy was crucial; other shows incorporate modern elements.
John Clarke, who died suddenly at the weekend, called out absurd politicking and dishonest language wherever he found it. ABC Pr handout/AAP

Satire

Farewell John Clarke: in an absurd world, we have never needed you more

John Clarke gave voice to a brilliant antipodean acerbity that has always seemed a little old-fashioned in its moral and tonal dignity. His was a magnificent achievement of focused, pitch-perfect satire.

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