Nick Feik

Nick Feik is the editor of the Monthly.

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Tony Abbott illustration by Jeff Fisher
Tony Abbott and the Coalition government face a tough 2015
Year of the dog
At the height of the resources boom, Australia’s economy exceeded all expectations. At such times, as Ross Garnaut put it, “poor policy looks good enough, and ordinary policy...
 
Editor’s Note February 2015
The nation’s politicians are back at work, but they don’t look very refreshed. Tony Abbott seems to have left his brain on holiday, his government looks mired in the same policy...
 
What senior government “sources” really think of each other
Breaking ranks
At the end of November, News Corp’s Samantha Maiden reported via a source that Joe Hockey had gone “off his tits” after the PM’s office briefed journalists that the GP co-payment...
 
Editor’s Note December 2014 – January 2015
Summer is upon us, and for many it heralds a hard-earnt break. For some, like those in our federal government, this will come as sweet relief after a torrid year. The Coalition...
 
The political stupidity of the ABC cuts
We hardly need to be reminded of it, but the ABC funding cut demonstrates the utter political ineptitude of the Abbott government. It’s not just that it’s an obvious broken...
 
Editor’s Note November 2014
The prime minister thinks we should have a mature debate about tax reform, the treasurer says we need to crack down on corporate tax evasion, and Rupert Murdoch has warned Western...
 
Editor’s Note October 2014
It’s no simple task to mount a survey of the arts in Australia. By what criteria do we judge success and worth? Increasingly, the critical and popular response to artistic works...
 
Editor’s Note September 2014
In September, the Abbott government will celebrate its first birthday. Perhaps “celebrate” isn’t the right word. Most government MPs would give quiet thanks that the year is over...
 
Illustration
The Abbott government has achieved only chaos in its first year
The year of ruling dangerously
So what has the government actually done,” asked News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt in early August, “to reassure the party faithful that, yes, this is a Liberal government?” It...
 
Editor’s Note August 2014
Malcolm Knox’s essay this month explores an issue that affects almost every Australian: the unchecked power of the country’s two biggest supermarket chains.  Coles and...
 
Editor’s Note July 2014
When the Monthly published Richard Flanagan’s magisterial essay on Gunns in May 2007, the logging behemoth seemed as powerful in Tasmania as a company could get. Flanagan’s essay...
 
Editor’s Note June 2014
Have Australians ever felt so shunned by politicians as they do today? The recent budget may have brazenly disregarded common voters, but  the blame doesn’t all belong to...
 
FRAMING THE BUDGET CRISIS
The federal government's Commission of Audit report will at last be released this afternoon. Dubbed Fightback Mk II by some in the Coalition (after the huge and...
 
Editor’s Note May 2014
Welcome to the 100th issue of the Monthly. As the new editor, it is my good fortune to announce this landmark, but the honour really belongs to others. The magazine’s...
 
'GILLARD MOMENT' HIGHLIGHTS BACKBENCH FEARS
Prime Minister Tony Abbott appears to be facing a backbench revolt over some of his government's big-ticket items. The proposal for a 'deficit levy'...
 
ICAC EXPLODES ON NSW LIBERALS
In a new inquiry, ICAC heard yesterday that the Liberal Party is alleged to have received donations of at least $165,000 from property developers, who have been banned from...
 
MEANS AND ENDS
Tonight's Four Corners will air an interview with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, during which he backs down from a guarantee he had previously given for the safety of...
 
The ties that bind
"The turning of ICAC from Labor to the Coalition side of politics in recent weeks has revealed that the problem goes much deeper than the way that it was discussed when ICAC...
 

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