John van Tiggelen


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


John van Tiggelen.

Rupert Murdoch

August 2012 Editor’s Note

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 …


Cape Tribulations

Noel Pearson and the Welfare Reform Trial

John van Tiggelen.

Australian Politics

July 2012 Editor’s Note

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

June 2012 Editor’s Note

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.

Federal Budget

May 2012 Editor’s Note

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 …

Malcolm Turnbull

April 2012 Editor’s Note

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 …

Lachlan Murdoch

March 2012 Editor’s Note

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 …


A wild colonial boy

Ben Laycock buried his father on Melbourne Cup Day. The 300-odd mourners, a rather arty lot, were assured Peter Laycock wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. He had lived not by the Roman calendar but by the Melbourne Cup calendar. The affliction may …

A house damaged by bushfires in the Kinglake complex in Steels Creek, photo taken with verbal permission by the owners, February 2009 © Nick Carson


The burning bush

In the populated spots of the North, where the surrounding savannah woodlands burn off as readily and regularly and safely as sugar cane, cyclones are the worry. You prepare for the season as well as the event. Cyclones arrive with notice, a name and …


Backyard blitz

When Tony Gibbins comes knocking, you know you’ve messed up. Gibbins is the Unsightly Properties Officer with the Loddon Shire Council. It says so on his name badge. Most shires prefer a prettier job title, such as Beautification Officer or Environmental …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.


The ant & the butterfly

One crisp spring evening, just on dark, an older man and a middle-aged woman met on a lonely bush track to inspect a patch of scrub by torchlight. They progressed purposefully, quietly and mostly on their knees. Their interest was restricted to a sparse …