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The Monthly Today
Remember national security?
The government has lost control of the spotlight
Sean Kelly
Closeness from a distance. Cover of On the Java Ridge

Closeness from a distance

Jock Serong’s ‘On the Java Ridge’ shows us a world our politicians would prefer we didn’t see
Elle Hardy
The Medicine

A pain in the tooth

What happened to Australia’s publicly funded dental system?
Karen Hitchcock

Bold as ‘SHIT’

Susie Dee and Patricia Cornelius deliver the wake-up call Australian theatre needs
Fiona McGregor
The Nation Reviewed

Word wranglers

Meet the team behind the Macquarie Dictionary
Darryn King

A town like Fargo

The anthology series’ self-aware absurdity makes it the perfect show for our times
Elle Hardy
Arts & Letters / Art

What must be said

Australia’s Tracey Moffatt leads the way at the 57th Venice Biennale
Julie Ewington

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  1. The Monthly Today
    Remember national security?
    The government has lost control of the spotlight
    Sean Kelly
    Remember national security? . Source
  2. The Medicine
    A pain in the tooth
    What happened to Australia’s publicly funded dental system?
    Karen Hitchcock
  3. Bold as ‘SHIT’
    Susie Dee and Patricia Cornelius deliver the wake-up call Australian theatre needs
    Fiona McGregor
  4. Closeness from a distance
    Jock Serong’s ‘On the Java Ridge’ shows us a world our politicians would prefer we didn’t see
    Elle Hardy
    Closeness from a distance. Cover of On the Java Ridge

Politics

On the bright side
It’s nice that Nick Greiner thinks a chat might end the Abbott–Turnbull war
Mungo MacCallum
A simple case of arithmetic
Turnbull isn’t the only Liberal avoiding mathematical reality
Mungo MacCallum
He who must not be named. Source
He who must not be named
Turnbull cannot ignore Abbott and hope the problem magically disappears
Mungo MacCallum
The Greens’ colour wars. Source
The Greens’ colour wars
Is the factional infighting just growing pains or symptomatic of an identity crisis?
Mungo MacCallum

Society

Vox
A few questions before you go
How do we decide how we die?
Steven Amsterdam
To walk in two worlds. Illustration
Comment
To walk in two worlds
The Uluru Statement is a clear and urgent call for reform
Megan Davis
Killing our media. Facebook CEO and chairman Mark Zuckerberg at the APEC CEO Summit 2016 in Lima, Peru
The Monthly Essays
Killing our media
The impact of Facebook and the tech giants
Nick Feik
Age-old hate. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Age-old hate
Anti-Semitism is on the rise
Richard Cooke

Culture

Breaking with tradition

Writing into the Marvel canon from the outside
Roxane Gay
Surveying the scene. Mervyn Bishop
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hands of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, Northern Territory 1975 type R3 photograph
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Surveying the scene

Art Gallery of NSW celebrates the work of iconic Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop
Stephanie Bishop
Modern family. © Daniel Boud

Modern family

Does the playful transgression of Caryl Churchill’s ‘Cloud Nine’ still have the capacity to shock?
Harry Windsor

Bleak house

‘Lady Macbeth’ is a cold and confronting take on the period drama
Harry Windsor

Resistance is futile

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a modern lesson in repression but ignores wider, more complex issues
Elle Hardy

A modern woman

State Theatre Company South Australia updates Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ for contemporary Australia
Jane Howard

A voice of a generation

Briohny Doyle’s ‘Adult Fantasy’ looks at the increasingly blurred definition of adulthood in the 21st century
Marta Skrabacz

Lives of leisure

Robert Dessaix’s ‘The Pleasures of Leisure’ is a 21st-century defence of idleness
Helen Elliott

The big escape

On Cory Taylor and her classic novel
Benjamin Law

Environment

Country needs people. Image of Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area, 2013
The Monthly Essays
Country needs people
Mapping and minding shared lands
Kim Mahood
Nature 2.0. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Nature 2.0
Saving Australia’s smallest freshwater fish
Nicole Gill
The tallest tree. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
The tallest tree
Brett Mifsud is saving Australia’s tallest trees
Patrick Witton
Making tracks. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Making tracks
The restoration of Mt Wellington’s Organ Pipes track requires painstaking work
Josephine Rowe

Economics

Grandfathering the Australian dream. Image of a broken key
The Monthly Essays
Grandfathering the Australian dream
House prices, insecure work and growing debts … Who can afford a stake in today’s society?
Richard Denniss
The shorter working week can work
It’s time to take the four-day work week seriously
Emma Dawson
The new black. Image of a restaurant
The Monthly Essays
The new black
The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common
Ann Arnold
Arrested development. Image of James Packer
The Monthly Essays
Arrested development
James Packer has been down, but he’s not out
Richard Cooke
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