Australian politics, society & culture


Too old to work, too young to die Pension changes, age discrimination and workplace automation are driving older Australians into poverty Warwick Smith
Friday, 30th September 2016
The first of October is the International Day of Older Persons. The United Nations want us to put the spotlight on age discrimination, and so we should. A...
Editor’s Note October 2016 Nick Feik
Thursday, 29th September 2016
“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...
Mirror, mirror The only thing Andrew Bolt wants to recognise is his own reflection Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 26th September 2016
Last week’s television debate Recognition: Yes or No? did not really advance the issue, which was a pity; it could have been more helpful had the...
Offshore crimes Is the government committing criminal offences by failing to ensure the safety of detainees on Nauru and Manus Island? Max Costello
Thursday, 22nd September 2016
Australia’s two regional processing centres (RPCs) that house asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island are offensive in three ways, according to most critics...
A four-headed monster Ron Howard’s ‘Eight Days a Week’ catches The Beatles and their fans in a dazzling, imperishable youth Anwen Crawford
Monday, 19th September 2016
Between 1964 and 1966, the most documented people on earth were surely The Beatles. During those years the group toured the world, visiting Europe, Asia,...
Who’s in charge? Malcolm Turnbull still doesn’t seem to be calling the shots in Canberra Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 19th September 2016
In the first week of the new parliament we saw a number of government members clock off early. Malcolm Turnbull was incensed; they were severely counseled ...
Tree school Trees learn from their experiences, but how do they do it? Peter Wohlleben
Monday, 12th September 2016
Thirst is harder for trees to endure than hunger, because they can satisfy their hunger whenever they want. Like a baker who always has enough bread, a tree...
A polite friction Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to ignore Tony Abbott while pinching his policies is not working Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 12th September 2016
When Pauline Hanson burst into the federal parliament in 1996 like an exploding sewer main, the then prime minister, John Howard, had two tactics to deal...
Vale Inga Clendinnen 1934–2016 The Monthly
Friday, 9th September 2016
Today we remember Inga Clendinnen, one of Australia’s great writers, historians and public intellectuals, who passed away yesterday, and extend our...
Not a priority The Racial Discrimination Act is a tool to encourage civility, not a draconian repression of free speech Mungo MacCallum
Monday, 5th September 2016
The baying pack of Coalition backbenchers demanding the abolition, or at least the dilution, of the Racial Discrimination Act may be sincere crusaders for...