John van Tiggelen

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

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August 2012 Editor’s Note

Rupert Murdoch

In this month’s cover essay, ‘A Dark Victory’, Robert Manne analyses how the push for urgent global action on human-induced climate change was defeated. Manne focuses on the United States, where nothing has been done nor, in all probability, will …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Cape Tribulations


Noel Pearson and the Welfare Reform Trial

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July 2012 Editor’s Note

Australian Politics

When lining up the photo shoot in mid May for the Bill Shorten profile, I put the question whether anything was likely to happen soon, leadership-wise. Don’t worry, the press secretary said. Nothing was going to happen before June. Sure, but the story …

Bill Shorten, Beaconsfield, 2006. © Wayne Taylor / Fairfax Syndication

Watch This Face


Bill Shorten

June 2012 Editor’s Note

Australian media

When the federal Treasurer wrote an essay in the Monthly's March issue on the threat to Australia's egalitarian ethos posed by vested interests, the Australian interpreted it as the opening shot in a "class war". It marked an interesting …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

May 2012 Editor’s Note

Federal Budget

It’s budget time, that onset of chill when the leaves turn golden, the currawongs descend from the mountains and the billionaires swing into activism. Two years ago, vested mining interests set about scuttling a tax on their super profits, going at …

April 2012 Editor’s Note

Malcolm Turnbull

In a typically clear-eyed blog post for the Monthly’s website, Robert Manne spells out what needs to be spelt out: Tony Abbott will be Australia’s next elected Prime Minister. There is nothing quite to describe the rictus that this realisation …

March 2012 Editor’s Note

Lachlan Murdoch

In May 2010 the country's treasurer, Wayne Swan, proposed a tax on mining super profits that, according to Treasury estimates, would have netted Australian taxpayers $15 billion per year. It was a tax that should have made eminent sense to Australians …

February 2012 Editor’s Note


The Greens have withstood a number of disruptive forces, but the one that continues to build is from within. In this issue, Sally Neighbour exposes how the radicalism of the NSW branch has never ceased scratching away at the national party's veneer …