Australian politics, society & culture


For a rights-based response to asylum seekers Australia must work towards a medium-term solution Klaus Neumann, Anne McNevin, Antje Missbach, Damir Mitric and Savitri Taylor
Friday, 28th April 2017
We welcome the opportunity to respond to the recent article by Robert Manne in the Monthly, which appeared in response to a comment by Klaus Neumann that was...
Editor’s Note May 2017 Nick Feik
Friday, 28th April 2017
“Malcolm Turnbull, approaching two years in the job, has seemingly utterly failed to find favour with the Australian public,” writes Laura Tingle in her...
The bizarre tale of President Nixon’s basic income plan An extract from ‘Utopia for Realists’ by Rutger Bregman Rutger Bregman
Thursday, 27th April 2017
It was the summer of ’69, the end of the decade that brought us flower power and Woodstock, rock ’n’ roll and Vietnam, Martin Luther King and feminism. It...
Theatre for grown-ups ‘Joan’, created by Kate Davis and Emma Valente, is sensory, shapeshifting theatre at its very best Alison Croggon
Wednesday, 26th April 2017
There was a moment about ten minutes into Joan, The Rabble’s remarkable theatrical dissection of Joan of Arc, when I flashed back 24 hours. The previous...
‘Big Little Lies’ bursts the bubble Why the TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel is not trashy soap but compelling drama Claire Corbett
Monday, 24th April 2017
Perhaps, for some, the glossy trappings of success can obscure important stories. Big Little Lies, the HBO series made from Australian author Liane Moriarty...
Housing divided The government is more concerned about opinion polls than solving real problems Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 24th April 2017
Scott Morrison says that Labor’s eight-point plan to help ease the housing crisis will make no real difference. Well, he should know. ...
Howard’s chickens come home to roost The government's move on 457 visas is proof that John Howard’s short-termism is here to stay Nick Dyrenfurth
Friday, 21st April 2017
One of the peculiarities of Australian politics is that the most short-lived governments have often shaped our future for generations. Andrew Fisher’s six...
Ich bin ein Brisbaner ‘Berlin Syndrome’ and the naivety of the tourist–artist Luke Goodsell
Friday, 21st April 2017
Berlin has served as the mythical nexus of artistic rejuvenation ever since, oh, at least David Bowie decamped to a modest flat above a Schöneberg auto shop,...
Archives are us The collected wisdom of Patrick Pound and Brook Andrew at NGV Quentin Sprague
Thursday, 20th April 2017
“To collect,” according to Patrick Pound, the New Zealand–born, Melbourne-based artist whose vast archive project The Great Exhibition has recently taken...
Kendrick rising With his new album, ‘Damn’, Kendrick Lamar cements his status as the world’s reigning hip-hop artist Anwen Crawford
Tuesday, 18th April 2017
On Good Friday, rapper Kendrick Lamar released his fourth album, Damn. On the night of Easter Sunday, he was the closing headliner at the massive, three-day...