June 2019

Essays

Paul Connolly

The case of the bouncy castle bombings

© Paul Velgos / Alamy

An arson spree and a missing party-hire boss

Paul Connolly

Paul Connolly is a Melbourne-based freelance journalist and author, and is the editor of the essay collection Father Figures.

Cover May 2019

June 2019

From the front page

Dutton concedes nothing

The home affairs minister will not be held to account

Image of Blanche d’Alpuget and Sophie Taylor-Price

What Bob Hawke meant by aspiration

Last week’s memorial was a fitting send-off for an inspirational leader

Image of Julian Assange

The Assange project

The WikiLeaks founder faces life in prison due to the actions of the US and the UK, and the inaction of Australia

Cover image of Underland by Robert Macfarlane

The chthonic realms explored in Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Underland’

Cave systems, mines, urban sewers, mycelial networks, moulins and more


In This Issue

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

2019 election: The shock of the new normal

Why Morrison’s victory shouldn’t have surprised the major parties

Photo of Blackpink at Coachella

Seoul trained: K-pop and Blackpink

Trying to find meaning in the carefully formulated culture of K-pop

Illustration

Hate speech isn’t freedom of speech

Australia’s debate over free speech online must go beyond Israel Folau

Cover image of 'Animalia' by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

‘Animalia’ by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

The French author delivers a pastoral that turns on human cruelty


More in The Monthly Essays

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Family feud

A firsthand view of the nation’s new political faultlines

Image of poker machines

The lie of ‘responsible gambling’

Australia’s world-beating gambling addiction and the deception hiding it

Image of Bill Shorten on election night, May 18 2019

The Morrison election: What we know now

Why did low-income voters turn to the Coalition while wealthy urbanites voted Labor?

Murdoch press snippets

News Corp: Democracy’s greatest threat

Denialism, nihilism and the Murdoch propaganda machine


Read on

Image of Blanche d’Alpuget and Sophie Taylor-Price

What Bob Hawke meant by aspiration

Last week’s memorial was a fitting send-off for an inspirational leader

Image of Julian Assange

The Assange project

The WikiLeaks founder faces life in prison due to the actions of the US and the UK, and the inaction of Australia

Image of Israel Folau

Testing faith

On Israel Folau, free speech and the problem with religious fundamentalism

Image of Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Australians

Where to for Indigenous recognition from here?

All eyes are on Ken Wyatt in Scott Morrison’s otherwise underwhelming ministry


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