The Monthly Essays

An unexpected stop prompts the question: Just what is the deal with the Dog on the Tuckerbox?
By Robert Skinner
Image of Gillian Triggs
Gillian Triggs’ culture shock
By Margaret Simons
Image of poster in Beijing of President Xi Jinping
Ready or not, China is here
By Linda Jaivin
Image of Pope John Paul II in Gabon, 1982
Conservatives pine for the days of unapologetic cultural supremacism. Do they really know what they’re getting themselves into?
By Richard Cooke
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The Turnbull government has burned the bridge of bipartisanship
By Noel Pearson
Image of Harvey Weinstein
Robyn Davidson’s ‘Tracks’ vs Harvey Weinstein
By Robert Drewe
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Former police officer Timothy Baker goes on trial for murder
By Catherine Ford
Image of a modern kitchen, circa 1950.
How transformative has the computer age really been?
By James Boyce
Image of a robot waiter
What does automation mean for the future of jobs?
By Andrew Charlton and Jim Chalmers
The Darwin poet whose muse is a dialysis machine
By Oscar Schwartz
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Tasmanian salmon, from farm to court
By Claire Konkes
Still from Get Krack!n
‘Get Krack!n’s Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney are not pussyfooting around
By Anna Krien
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Beautiful on the outside … the tragedy of Bennelong Point
By Darryn King
Two gay refugees face an unwelcoming community and an uncertain future
By Abdul Karim Hekmat
Image of Alice Springs
Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines?
By Richard Cooke
Image of Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest
The people of the Pilbara take on Australia’s great philanthropist
By Paul Cleary
A ten-day camel trek through the South Australian outback. With your parents.
By Robert Skinner
A trip to Iran brings a senator face to face with the life that could have been
By Sam Dastyari