The Monthly Essays

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
Image of child looking at screen
Do smart devices in classrooms help kids learn?
By Russell Marks
Artwork by Micheline Lee
The NDIS promised choice and control
By Micheline Lee
The Greens should be celebrating their 25th birthday
By Paddy Manning
How do we decide how we die?
By Steven Amsterdam
Image of Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area, 2013
Mapping and minding shared lands
By Kim Mahood
The impact of Facebook and the tech giants
By Nick Feik
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
Image of a broken key
House prices, insecure work and growing debts … Who can afford a stake in today’s society?
By Richard Denniss
Image of Akon Guode
The woman, her children and the lake: Akon Guode’s tragic story
By Helen Garner
Image of Sally McKinnon
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