Australian politics, society & culture


An impoverished estate The Australian media prioritised personality over policy during this election campaign Russell Marks
Tuesday, 5th July 2016
Australians awoke on Sunday morning to the possibility of a second hung parliament. At this stage the only thing that seems clear is that Malcolm Turnbull’s...
Farewell to the fallen Saturday’s federal election halted the political careers of some well-known – and unknown – figures Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 4th July 2016
Spare a thought for the losers. No, we don’t just mean the hapless and bewildered voters, or even Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison and Mark Textor, and we...
What’s it all about? It’s a good time to step back and refresh your memory about the country’s politics Michael Lucy
Friday, 1st July 2016
As we drag ourselves to the end of an epic 8-week election campaign, it can be difficult to remember what it’s all meant to be about. Policies have been...
Election night bingo Everyone’s a winner Michael Lucy
Friday, 1st July 2016
No matter who wins the election, everyone can be a winner with the Monthly’s election night bingo. ...
Editor’s Note July 2016 Nick Feik
Friday, 1st July 2016
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...
Streets ahead Remembering New York street photographer Bill Cunningham Anwen Crawford
Tuesday, 28th June 2016
New Yorkers love nothing more than a story about themselves. When Bill Cunningham: New York – a documentary about the much-loved photographer – debuted at...
Parenthood Conservative Christian advocates of ‘traditional families’ ignore the example set in the Bible Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 27th June 2016
Penny Wong’s powerful speech about the dangers of the debate over a plebiscite on same-sex marriage has already drawn a response from the conservatives, who...
The pink vote Should LGBTI people vote for parties that do not fully accept them? Dennis Altman
Tuesday, 21st June 2016
Reactions to the Orlando shootings and ongoing concerns about a proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage have ensured that homosexuality is an issue in the...
Treaty? Nah Malcolm Turnbull’s dismissive response to the idea of a treaty with Indigenous people was unnecessary and unworthy Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 20th June 2016
The idea of a country negotiating a treaty with its indigenous inhabitants is hardly novel. ...
What are we willing to fight for? Many of our intellectual frameworks and assumptions about war no longer hold James Brown
Thursday, 16th June 2016
Before I went to Hiroshima I did not know the word hypocentre. It didn’t exist for me until I found it on a wall in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, past...