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Once were conservatives. Source

Once were conservatives

The fallout over 18C puts the Liberal Party at odds with mainstream conservatism
Nick Dyrenfurth
Pauline is no friend of the workers. Source

Pauline is no friend of the workers

One Nation’s leader claims to champion the working class, but her actions tell a different story
Nick Dyrenfurth

There’s no appeasing George

George Christensen’s resignation as National Party whip changes little
Mungo MacCallum
Comment

American berserk

Donald Trump’s presidency feels both unprecedented and oddly familiar
Don Watson
The Monthly Essays

Call for backup

How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
Russell Marks
Arts & Letters / Books

Tasmania got gamed

James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
Amanda Lohrey

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    The fallout over 18C puts the Liberal Party at odds with mainstream conservatism
    Nick Dyrenfurth
    Once were conservatives. Source
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    Robert Drewe
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  3. Comment
    American berserk
    Donald Trump’s presidency feels both unprecedented and oddly familiar
    Don Watson
    American berserk. Illustration
  4. The Monthly Essays
    Does writing matter?
    Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture
    Richard Flanagan
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    Call for backup
    How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
    Russell Marks
    Call for backup. Image of Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre

Federal Politics

Two states of mind. Source

Two states of mind

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia drew attention to a growing consensus in the Labor Party
Mungo MacCallum
It’s the mandate wot lost it. Source

It’s the mandate wot lost it

Like its predecessors, the Coalition government is still struggling to find a clear direction
Nick Dyrenfurth
The great dominators. Source

The great dominators

Attacking Bill Shorten won’t give Malcolm Turnbull the policy legitimacy he needs
Mungo MacCallum

Old King Coal

The Turnbull government keeps looking to coal to solve the country’s energy issues
Mungo MacCallum
The Monthly Essays

The character business

What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?
Mark McKenna
Comment

Australia divided

The electorate has fractured into three economic and cultural zones
George Megalogenis
Comment

Malcolm Turnbull: A brief lament

The climate-science champion of 2010 has morphed into the fossil-fuel supporter of 2016
Robert Manne
The Nation Reviewed

Eyes wide open

What does One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts really believe?
Sam Vincent
Comment

The mystery of Malcolm Turnbull

What does the prime minister stand for, and when will we find out about it?
Don Watson

International Politics

The heat is on
Who benefits from Malcolm Turnbull’s deal with Donald Trump?
Mungo MacCallum
Relying on Trump. Illustration
Comment
Relying on Trump
Australia needs to rethink its approach to regional security
Hugh White
The Muscovian Candidate?. Source
The Muscovian Candidate?
Donald Trump and Russia
Robert Manne
Duterte’s dirty war. Prisoners in the holding cells at Tondo police station, Manila
The Monthly Essays
Duterte’s dirty war
A trip to the Philippines reveals the human cost of the war on drugs
Margaret Simons

Issues & Policies

Rough times. © Andrew Quilty / Fairfax Images
The Monthly Essays
Rough times
Homelessness has reached crisis levels in Melbourne and Sydney
Paul Connolly
Feeding  the  beast. Image of the Condamine River on fire
The Monthly Essays
Feeding  the  beast
Billion-dollar burnouts keep emissions rising
Richard Denniss
Culture crisis. Image of Force Majeure’s Never Did Me Any Harm
The Monthly Essays
Culture crisis
The arts funding cuts are just a symptom of a broader malaise in Australia
Alison Croggon
The message was clear. Illustration
Comment
The message was clear
Brexit, Trump and the federal election show how the old categories of left and right are crumbling
Richard Denniss
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