Editor’s Note

By Nick Feik
The Indigenous community spoke as one at the recent Uluru constitutional convention. “It was decisive and left no doubt about what people wanted,” writes Megan Davis in this month’s issue. It also brought “clarity and coherence to a discursive...
By Nick Feik
“She had driven back and forth along the lake several times and chosen the only possible entry point,” writes Helen Garner. “Once in the water she accelerated. She did nothing to save her children or to help strangers who rushed to the scene, but...
By Nick Feik
“Malcolm Turnbull, approaching two years in the job, has seemingly utterly failed to find favour with the Australian public,” writes Laura Tingle in her essay this month. “His major crimes? He isn’t who we thought he was. He runs a do-nothing...
By Nick Feik
Pauline Hanson has never struggled to attract attention. And she’s never managed to hold on to it. Her regular returns to public life are often blamed on “the media”, for giving her too much oxygen – as if denying her a voice might assuage others...
By Nick Feik
“A scam artist, an ignoramus, a professional liar, a colossal and malignant narcissist, a vulgarian, a casino operator, a serial bankrupt – a Roy Cohn–mentored billionaire with deep Mob connections – is in the White House. Has there ever been a more...
By Nick Feik
The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency may not have revealed anything new about the man, but it did confirm the worst fears for his rule. Any doubts over whether he meant what he said – about immigration bans, voter fraud, building a wall,...
By Nick Feik
The American people elected a candidate who promised to upend their political system. As with Brexit, it was a political result that seemed to come out of nowhere. The politics of rage, of populism, of protest, are overwhelming Western nations. In...
By Nick Feik
The election of the most powerful person in the world was always going to be dramatic, but the fascination and disgust generated by Donald Trump has led to democratic effects that few predicted. The campaign has been a circus, and no one, it...
By Nick Feik
“In 2016,” writes Alison Croggon in the new issue of the Monthly, “it became clear that Australian arts are facing the worst crisis since before the Australia Council was founded in 1967.” For several years, the Monthly’s October issue has...
By Nick Feik
What is the role of the ABC? This question has never been more important. As commercial newsrooms struggle amid collapsing revenue – as jobs are lost, desks are closed – and their very existence comes under threat, the public will look to...
By Nick Feik
As Australia emerges from its post-election stupor and parties begin to evaluate what went right and wrong, this month we focus on the Australian Greens. What did the party deliver in the recent election? It was the Greens’ deal with the...
By Nick Feik
This month in a landmark essay, the great indigenous leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu writes about his history and culture, and sums up a lifetime of his thinking about relations between settler and Aboriginal cultures. “My father had to sacrifice much...
By Nick Feik
Three weeks into the eight-week election campaign, some things are clear. Bill Shorten’s confidence is up, and he seems to be having fun. His party, while vulnerable to the common Coalition attacks, and notwithstanding minor hiccups, has sharper...

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