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311 ENTRIES Nick Feik is the editor of The Monthly.



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Kicking the can down the road

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Kicking the can down the road

Last night’s budget does little but put problems off for another year

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Editor’s Note May 2015

When the Monthly’s publisher, Morry Schwartz, launched the magazine in 2005, he insisted that its success would rest on the quality of its writing. The Monthly isn’t pitted against other politics and current affairs magazines any …

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Editor’s Note April 2015

When Julie Bishop rolled her eyes while seated behind Treasurer Joe Hockey in parliament last Monday, she was expressing several things at once. The first was that she was not at all impressed by the Expenditure Review Committee, which Hockey slyly mentioned …

A lawless hellhole

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A lawless hellhole

The Moss review into allegations of the sexual abuse of asylum seekers on Nauru was released, in redacted form, within hours of the announcement of the death of former prime minister Malcolm Fraser. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton bridled at the insinuation …

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Editor’s Note March 2015

While the nation remains captivated by the inordinate dysfunction of the Coalition, it is perhaps unsurprising that Labor has avoided scrutiny. An attacking Opposition is barely necessary at times like this: the government is doing a perfectly good job …

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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 disaster zones as last year, and the rest of the parliament appears in …

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Year of the dog

Tony Abbott and the Coalition government face a tough 2015

Breaking ranks

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Breaking ranks

What senior government “sources” really think of each other

The political stupidity of the ABC cuts

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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 promise (one that Coalition members compound foolishly by denying). Nor …

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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 leaders probably feel a little like the figure in the beautiful Brett Whiteley …

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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 governments that their policies that benefit the super-rich have caused …

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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 is governed by financial considerations and other basic metrics. What was …

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The year of ruling dangerously

The Abbott government has achieved only chaos in its first year

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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, and concede it hasn’t been the one they expected. Voters are more …

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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 Woolworths together have become an unstoppable retail juggernaut. Their behaviour …