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The Turnbull government has burned the bridge of bipartisanship

The Monthly — December 2017 – January 2018

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Unfriendly competition


Once the race for the leadership begins, it can be very hard to stop.

Innocence and experience in ‘Stranger Things 2’


Can Netflix’s breakout supernatural hit transcend its nostalgia-fuelled premise?

Deep space mined


Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex keeps an eye on the stars

The Great Southern Reef


What is killing off the kelp forests along Australia’s coast?

Uneasy appeasement in Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’


The director of ‘The Lobster’ can’t quite pull off this high-concept dance between the grandiose and the grotesque

The Monthly — December 2017 – January 2018

The Nation Reviewed

We are all diminished

Australian politics is full of contradictions, double standards and gaping voids

The unflappable Finkel

Australia’s chief scientist talks energy alternatives and trying to elevate the narrative

Straight outta Narrandera

Victoria Lee takes on the Victoria’s Secret runway

Home truths

Ah Gong and Ah Mah move into a culturally diverse aged-care facility

The new Grotesque

How the Monthly changed its typeface

The Monthly — December 2017 – January 2018

The Monthly Essays


The Turnbull government has burned the bridge of bipartisanship

Once upon a time in the West

Conservatives pine for the days of unapologetic cultural supremacism. Do they really know what they’re getting themselves into?

The new era

Ready or not, China is here

When the politics got personal

Gillian Triggs’ culture shock

The Monthly — December 2017 – January 2018


On the road to Gundagai

An unexpected stop prompts the question: Just what is the deal with the Dog on the Tuckerbox?


The Medicine

Some days

Some days, nothing comes easy


The Monthly — December 2017 – January 2018

Arts & Letters

Unfinished business

Can a young wartime couple pick up where they left off?

Arresting time

Gerhard Richter’s GOMA exhibition finds beauty in banality, meaning in the arbitrary

The ringmaster steps into the spotlight

Michael Gracey makes his directorial debut with the Hugh Jackman–starring ‘The Greatest Showman’

A space of one’s own

Histories personal and national inform Helen Johnson’s large-scale canvasses

The possible future

Björk moves towards renewal on ‘Utopia’

The perfection of youth

Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a passionate, positive tale of first love


In light of recent events

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