Australian politics, society & culture

The Monthly Essays

What would it take to modernise Alcoholics Anonymous?
By Jenny Valentish
Private, public, state, selective … the trials of choosing a high school
By Fran Cusworth
It’s a simple procedure, but having a vasectomy can raise questions of masculinity and equality
By Ceridwen Dovey
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House prices, superannuation deals, tax breaks … Who can afford a stake in today’s society?
By Richard Denniss
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The woman, her children and the lake: Akon Goude’s tragic story
By Helen Garner
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Sally McManus is the new face of Australia’s union movement
By Alex McKinnon
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Tragic evidence of child sexual abuse in the Newcastle Anglican Church
By Anne Manne
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What are the real reasons behind the rise and stall of Malcolm Turnbull?
By Laura Tingle
The prospect of 12 hours in Singapore airport gives rise to an existential crisis
By Robert Skinner
A farming family and Indigenous elders join forces to recognise a special site on private land
By Sam Vincent
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What will be the cost of a patchwork NBN?
By Paddy Manning
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The Australian right is startling for its incoherence
By Richard Cooke
The WA state election could end one of the country’s most controversial infrastructure projects
By David Whish-Wilson
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A major Antarctic glacier is becoming dangerously unstable
By Jo Chandler
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The confused case for corporate gender equality
By Cordelia Fine
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How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
By Russell Marks
STEM is the future, and women need to be part of it
By Margaret Wertheim
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What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?
By Mark McKenna

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