December 2012 – January 2013

The Nation Reviewed

White-papering the Cracks

A blueprint for the Asian Century?

A Less Perfect Union

Obama’s next challenge

Lights Out

Solar eclipse in Queensland

Messages for Gough

Forty years since ‘It’s Time’

Environmental Flows

How the Franklin was saved

Notes from a Small Town

Students getting into the groove

Spire Dreaming

A Bidjara man in Oxford

The Monthly Essays

The Strategist

Julia Gillard’s hard-nosed director of communications

Lest We Inflate

Why do Australians lust for heroic war stories?

Free Agent

Anna Funder finds her feet in Brooklyn

On the Nose

The rise of cricket’s faceless men


Memories of a surfing legend


Arts & Letters

On His Terms

JC Kannemeyer’s ‘JM Coetzee: A Life in Writing’

As it Comes

Jacques Audiard’s ‘Rust and Bone’



Richard Neville & Charles Sobhraj