The Monthly Essays

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
Image of Frances Bender
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
Image of the Sydney Opera House
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
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