Nick Feik is the editor of The Monthly.
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Year of the dog
Tony Abbott and the Coalition government face a tough 2015
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).
What senior government “sources” really think of each other
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 …
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 …
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 …
The year of ruling dangerously
The Abbott government has achieved only chaos in its first year
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 …
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 …
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 was a catalyst for much broader discussion of the company and …
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 the Abbott government. In his essay ‘A Class of Their Own’, Richard …
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 politically unpalatable document John Hewson took to the "unloseable" …
’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' has been described as 'electoral suicide' by at least one senior Liberal …
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