Richard Cooke is The Monthly’s contributing editor.
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How the National Security Agency is undermining privacy and sovereignty
But The Australian is Elitist, Too
David Flint must be kicking himself. Watching the debate started by Nick Cater’s book The Lucky Culture, among John Howard, Mark Latham, Janet Albrechtsen (and many, many more), he must have trouble shaking the feeling that he’s missed …
We Need to Fall Out of Love With Obama
It’s hard to imagine the current scandals wreathing the White House will do much to dim the glowing image of Barack Obama over here. The fact various administration officials targeted political opponents with tax probes, spied on journalists and …
Not Craig Thomson
I’ve come to admire Craig Thomson. Like many people, I underestimated him at first, writing him off as an ordinary, flawed person in an extraordinary situation, frozen into an agonised pose by the carbonite of a hung parliament. But he’s not …
The Sport Doping Enquiry Isn’t Just Stupid - It’s Wrong
‘UNITE THE FIGHT AGAINST NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT CRIME’. That’s the awkward, shouty slogan of the Australian Crime Commission, turning its attention to problems that, like the old line about the Holy Roman Empire, are not national, …
Why I Am Not A Conservative (Any More)
Perhaps it’s another sign of the Triumph of Selfishism, but Margaret Thatcher’s death got me thinking about myself, and my own political development. It’s the Benjamin Button version: I started off as an undergraduate who believed in …
Whatever happened to Mamdouh Habib?
‘Who?’ That was the response when I mentioned that Mamdouh Habib had won the right to sue the NSW Police for racism. He failed the pub test not once, but several times, once yielding a ‘was he that cleric guy?’ Always in the shadow …
Is Graham Richardson psychic?
In the course of the Crean Immolation, there was only one commentator who finished the day of chaos with a perfect record of prediction. That man was Graham Richardson, Labor’s own Talleyrand minus the stocking. For the entire day, nearly everything …
When Lieutenant John Pike was filmed pepper-spraying cross-legged Occupy protesters with the nonchalance of a retiree hosing down the garden, it took a day for the image to make him famous. It took two days for him to become the ‘Casually Pepper Spray …
I got nothin’ for you
Dave Panichi is one of the greatest jazz trombonists Australia has produced. He is also the straight man in one of the greatest unintentional comedy routines ever recorded. "I could live to be 150 and cure cancer, and I'd still go down in history as the …
Simon Beer has spent the past five years trying to convince himself that the Apocalypse will be fun. Not that he calls it the Apocalypse. His fellow survivalists call it TEOFTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) or the Long Emergency, the Collapse, …
Kuru awareness week
The US Vice President, Dick Cheney, took an unwelcome guest home with him from his recent Australian trip. Never a healthy man (he has had four heart attacks and a quadruple bypass), the VP complained of calf pain on his return and, sure enough, an ultrasound …
Why drug dealers vote Liberal
Mitch may have stopped dealing drugs but he still wears the uniform of his former profession. His outfit is an expo for man-made fibres – nylon and rayon, teflon and polyester. His phone rings constantly, bathing the underside of his face in light. …
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