Australian politics, society & culture



The buck stops here

Who will take the blame for the Commonwealth Bank’s latest scandal?
Mungo MacCallum

Bad sports

What is Foxtel doing with $30 million of taxpayers’ money?
Mungo MacCallum
The Monthly Essays

Crashing the party

The Greens should be celebrating their 25th birthday
Paddy Manning

He will never stop

Tony Abbott seems determined to wreck the clean energy target
Judith Brett
The Nation Reviewed

Debt. Recovery.

A parliamentary committee’s report on the Centrelink robo-debt debacle makes for damning reading
Alex McKinnon

It’s just the vibe of the thing

Section 44 of the Constitution is not an adequate way of gauging allegiance to Australia
Mungo MacCallum

Most Popular

  1. The Monthly Essays
    The Australian right is startling for its incoherence
    Richard Cooke
    Alt-wrong. Image of Pauline Hanson
  2. Comment
    To walk in two worlds
    The Uluru Statement is a clear and urgent call for reform
    Megan Davis
    To walk in two worlds. Illustration
  3. The Monthly Essays
    Network error
    What will be the cost of a patchwork NBN?
    Paddy Manning
    Network error. Image of a loading icon
  4. The Monthly Essays
    What’s right?
    The future of the Liberal Party
    Peter van Onselen
    What’s right?. John Howard on the rise, 1984
  5. The Monthly Essays
    Wicked problems
    What are the real reasons behind the rise and stall of Malcolm Turnbull?
    Laura Tingle
    Wicked problems. Image of Malcolm Turnbull

Federal Politics

On the bright side

It’s nice that Nick Greiner thinks a chat might end the Abbott–Turnbull war
Mungo MacCallum

A simple case of arithmetic

Turnbull isn’t the only Liberal avoiding mathematical reality
Mungo MacCallum
He who must not be named. Source

He who must not be named

Turnbull cannot ignore Abbott and hope the problem magically disappears
Mungo MacCallum

The Greens’ colour wars

Is the factional infighting just growing pains or symptomatic of an identity crisis?
Mungo MacCallum

The handshake

Could Donald Trump finally force Australia to critically examine its feudal obligations to the US?
Don Watson

The thin edge of the citizenship wedge

What does the government think it will achieve with its proposed reforms?
Mungo MacCallum

All jokes aside

The Trump impression is just another eggshell for the PM to walk on
Mungo MacCallum


Theresa May and Malcolm Turnbull are both regretting their early elections
Mungo MacCallum

Foregone conclusions

The opposition to the Uluru statement is dispiriting and frustrating but predictable
Mungo MacCallum

International Politics

UK election diary: The London attacks. Source
UK election diary: The London attacks
Labor senator Sam Dastyari, in London for the UK general election, was caught up in the attack on the Borough Market
Sam Dastyari
Once upon a time in America
Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey will jeopardise any future investigation
Robert Manne
American berserk. Illustration
American berserk
Donald Trump’s presidency feels both unprecedented and oddly familiar
Don Watson
The heat is on
Who benefits from Malcolm Turnbull’s deal with Donald Trump?
Mungo MacCallum

Issues & Policies

A job half undone. Illustration
A job half undone
Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians must be more than just tokenism
Noel Pearson
Grandfathering the Australian dream. Image of a broken key
The Monthly Essays
Grandfathering the Australian dream
House prices, insecure work and growing debts … Who can afford a stake in today’s society?
Richard Denniss
The new Forgotten People. Illustration
The new Forgotten People
The wider cost of Australia’s housing affordability crisis
Judith Brett
An urgently needed compromise. Source
An urgently needed compromise
The asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru cannot wait for a medium-term solution
Robert Manne