Australian politics, society & culture


The morality of gambling
By David Walsh
Nick Feik, the editor of the Monthly, asked me to write an essay for his esteemed rag. Now I’m a bit pissed off at the Monthly, so initially I didn’t really want to do it. I’m a bit pissed off because Richard Flanagan did a piece on Mona (my museum, and the only reason anyone asks me to write anything) and me for the
Cultures clash over pipis at Venus Bay
By John van Tiggelen
In gold-rush California, Aussie diggers were unwelcome boat people
By Peter McAllister
One mother’s campaign to fix overcrowding in Sydney’s schools
By Ceridwen Dovey
Life outside the detention centres on Manus Island
By Jo Chandler
Charlie Hebdo, free speech, multiculturalism and 18C
By Russell Marks
The government alienates doctors and patients over $20 GP fee
By Russell Marks
By Mungo MacCallum
What makes people driven by compassion support harsh refugee policies?
By André Dao
By Josephine Rowe
At 33 he goes back to the town his mother was raised in. She’d taken him there as a child every summer, for her own birthday, and they’d rowed out in a hired tinnie to eat a picnic above the place she believed her house must have been. Must still be – the doorstep, at least, which had been made of concrete, and maybe
By Craig Sherborne
They said you committed infanticide, but you don’t remember a thing. You were a loving mother before it happened. Postnatal depression, said the experts. It swept into you and one night five years ago you “snapped”. You fractured your son’s skull and the little boy died. You did the same to his twin brother that night
Does the future belong to “sharing economy” companies like Uber and Airbnb?
By Linda Jaivin
Gambler and MONA founder David Walsh has written a book
By Amanda Lohrey
Road freight is expensive, dirty and dangerous. Why are our governments addicted to it?
By Paul Cleary
Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, on Svalbard.
The president of Kiribati goes on a fact-finding mission in the Arctic
By John van Tiggelen
Practising medicine away from the big cities
By Karen Hitchcock