The Monthly Essays

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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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The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common
By Ann Arnold
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James Packer has been down, but he’s not out
By Richard Cooke
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The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing
By David Marr
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How can the major parties address the rise of populism in Australia?
By Andrew Charlton and Lachlan Harris
Is Nick Cleary’s ambitious CLARA project the answer to Australia’s fast-rail question?
By Paddy Manning