John van Tiggelen


John van Tiggelen
John van Tiggelen is a freelance writer and the author of Mango Country.



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August 2013 Editor’s Note

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My father was a front door man. Pardon my indelicate phrasing – the notion of Australia having two portals is the Government’s metaphor, not mine – but I mean to say that he flew into this country, bringing his family with him. …

July 2013 Editor’s Note

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This is not the first time we have sent the magazine to press and, in the ten days it takes to hit the shelves, seen Julia Gillard’s leadership pushed to the brink. In fact, it has happened rather a lot. This time, at long last, they tipped her …

June 2013 Editor’s Note

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The Institute of Public Affairs is a right-wing, free market–cheering think-tank that gets significant support from Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch. No one outside of the IPA knows how much, but it’s a lot – enough, as Media Watch

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May 2013 Editor’s Note

Tony Abbott

On 14 January, Julia Gillard leapfrogged Kevin Rudd to become Australia’s 16th longest–serving prime minister. On 16 March, she slipped past Australia’s first prime minister, Sir Edmund Barton, into 15th place. At the start of next month, …

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April 2013 Editor’s Note

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On the day the April issue of the Monthly went to press, Simon Crean called for a leadership spill. No one knew what was going on, certainly not in this office. Was Crean sincere in his professed support for Kevin Rudd? Or was he a stooge for …

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March 2013 Editor’s Note

Julia Gillard

“We’ve got your back, Prime Minister,” was how Paul Howes waved Julia Gillard off the stage at last week’s AWU conference on the Gold Coast – a slightly chilling pledge from a self-professed faceless man of the Labor Party. But who did have …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Thinking Backwards

Stolen Generations

Aboriginal violence and its interpreters

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February 2013 Editor’s Note

Julia Gillard

This week marks the end of my rookie year as editor. It’s been an interesting time for such an apprenticeship.  Left, right and centre, magazines and newspapers are going under. Print is finished, as the electronic media keeps reminding us. Meanwhile …

December 2012 – January 2013 Editor’s Note

Julia Gillard

In August 2010, just 10 days before the federal election, Pauline Hanson’s former Svengali, John Pasquarelli, attempted to bring down the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Fifteen years earlier, police investigating an alleged fraud within the Australian …

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