Nick Feik

Nick Feik is the editor of the Monthly.

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From the census debacle to the Don Dale scandal, politicians and the public have short memories
Playing charades
“It was an attack, and we believe from overseas,” said David Kalisch, the chief statistician with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the day after the census debacle. “It...
 
Editor’s Note September 2016
What is the role of the ABC? This question has never been more important. As commercial newsrooms struggle amid collapsing revenue – as jobs are lost, desks are closed –...
 
Editor’s Note August 2016
As Australia emerges from its post-election stupor and parties begin to evaluate what went right and wrong, this month we focus on the Australian Greens. What did the party...
 
Editor’s Note July 2016
This month in a landmark essay, the great indigenous leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu writes about his history and culture, and sums up a lifetime of his thinking about relations...
 
Editor’s Note June 2016
Three weeks into the eight-week election campaign, some things are clear. Bill Shorten’s confidence is up, and he seems to be having fun. His party, while vulnerable to the common...
 
Editor’s Note May 2016
“Our prime minister says that we must ‘live within our means’,” writes Don Watson. “The treasurer and the minister for finance both say it. As is the custom, having said it once,...
 
Editor’s Note April 2016
Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement last week certainly set the political class abuzz. Parliament would be prorogued, paving the way for a double-dissolution election. It was a...
 
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Just how innovative is the Turnbull government’s innovation package?
The start-up whisperer
If innovation and economic reform could be achieved by sunny proclamation, Australia under a Turnbull government would be sitting pretty. Agility would be our paradigmatic virtue...
 
Editor’s Note March 2016
In 2014, Malcolm Turnbull said Australia’s tax system was “too tough on people earning income, i.e. the entrepreneurs, the people who are growing and driving, younger people in...
 
Editor's Note February 2016
David Bulmer-Rizzi, 32, was recently killed in a freak accident in Adelaide, while honeymooning there with his husband, Marco. The couple were married last year in the United...
 
Editor's Note December 2015 – January 2016
Despite our professed love of irreverence and larrikinism, Australians often have a hard time accepting criticism of our own patriotic ideals, and would prefer not to talk about...
 
Editor’s Note November 2015
Has there been an independent politician in Australia’s history as successful as Nick Xenophon? At the last election, he polled more upper house votes in South Australia than the...
 
The new same-sex marriage proposal from Warren Entsch and Malcolm Turnbull is an attempt to outmanoeuvre their own party
Plebiscite ploy
When Tony Abbott came up with the idea of a plebiscite to decide the legality of same-sex marriage, it seemed an ingenious, conniving new way to delay a social change the public...
 
The government’s post-Abbott cleanup is going well
Distinct signs of competence
The Turnbull government is having considerable success this week completing deals or cleaning up loose ends left by the previous leadership. In contrast with its predecessors, the...
 
There is a strong case for the trial of the Health Welfare Card in some Indigenous communities
Cashless welfare
Last night brought “a watershed moment in how we deliver welfare”, according to the government. Readers might suspect the language hyperbolic, especially given how little...
 
New anti-privacy law is another step down a dangerous path
Metadata retention begins
Today, the new metadata retention law comes into effect in Australia. Data about your communications must be retained by communications providers for at least two years. Don’t...
 
Public opposition to keeping children in immigration detention is reaching a critical point
Kids in camps
“I knew it would come to this,” said Liberal backbencher Russell Broadbent, talking about children in detention on ABC radio. “It has come to this again. The Australian people are...
 
Exit Abbott, enter Turnbull
An era over
Last month marked the second anniversary of Tony Abbott’s election. Celebrations were muted, funereal even. Coalition MPs had little opportunity, and small reason, to spruik...
 

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