Richard Cooke

Richard Cooke
Richard Cooke is The Monthlys contributing editor. 

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Something mythic


For Robyn Davidson, her acclaimed memoir ‘Tracks’ was an act of freedom whose reception hemmed her in

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The ministry of pandemics


How the spread of the virus revealed our leaders to us

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Descent from the summit


Looking back on Kevin Rudd’s overly ambitious and thinly detailed Australia 2020 Summit

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Peace with dishonour


On the West’s Trump-led exit from the wreckage of the Middle East

The aftermath


What is the lesson of Labor’s cautionary tale?

Doomsday is nigh


The ALP’s policies are mild – why are they being treated as a mortal threat?

Carping emissions


Unable to face the wicked problem of climate change, the campaign turns personal

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The humble meme merchant


The reasons for Clive Palmer’s resurgence are as inexplicable as its effects

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The vision thing


So far, the federal election campaign of 2019 is a surprise return to the politics of yesteryear