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Bill Shorten: between fear and ideas

The Opposition leader talks about the road ahead for Labor

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‘Stan & Ollie’: a beautiful lie


Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are perfectly cast in this affectionate biopic

“Hockey owes me”


The Canberra bubble has popped

A scar is born: ‘Vox Lux’


Natalie Portman grapples with celebrity’s demons in this unconvincing film

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at QAGOMA


Politics, culture and colour collide in Brisbane

Ben Quilty: the art of unease


Ahead of a major survey at the Art Gallery of SA, the artist talks about the anxiety that informs his work

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Trains, pains and Berejiklian

Will a big infrastructure spend help or hinder NSW’s Coalition government this election?

Tuckshop intervention

How did buying lunch in a Northern Territory school get so complicated?

Screen addiction

As more of our lives are lived online, more people aren’t coping

Ben Quilty in bleeding colour

The Australian artist opens up on the eve of a retrospective exhibition

The Monthly Essays

Bill Shorten: between fear and ideas

The Opposition leader talks about the road ahead for Labor

What happened to broadband in Australia?

NBN Co’s former CEO on how Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull broke the internet

Chasing the miracle of gene therapy

For Megan Donnell’s family, the DNA-altering revolution cannot come soon enough

Arts & Letters

Rats, heroes and Kevin Rudd’s ‘The PM Years’

This memoir answers some questions about his deposal and return but raises others

Tracking time: Gerald Murnane’s ‘A Season on Earth’

Forty years on, the author’s second novel is reunited with its lost half

A French Western? Jacques Audiard on ‘The Sisters Brothers’

The celebrated director explains how he made a Hollywood staple his own

Clicks, plinks, hoots and thuds: Matmos’s ‘Plastic Anniversary’

The American experimental duo embrace the ‘sounds’ of a ubiquitous material


‘Zebra and Other Stories’ by Debra Adelaide Difficult-to-grasp characters populate this new collection By Helen Elliott

‘Exploded View’ by Carrie Tiffany This new novel is most striking in how it diverges from its predecessors By Adam Rivett

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