The Monthly Essays

The WA state election could end one of the country’s most controversial infrastructure projects
By David Whish-Wilson
Image of Aurora Australis alongside Totten glacier
A major Antarctic glacier is becoming dangerously unstable
By Jo Chandler
Image of men at board meeting
The confused case for corporate gender equality
By Cordelia Fine
Image of Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre
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
Image of Julie Bishop
What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?
By Mark McKenna
Image of a restaurant
The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common
By Ann Arnold
Image of James Packer
James Packer has been down, but he’s not out
By Richard Cooke
Image of Patrick White
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
A trip to the Philippines reveals the human cost of the war on drugs
By Margaret Simons
Image of a Trump campaign rally in Michigan
The politics of rage won’t let us listen to one another
By Christos Tsiolkas
Homelessness has reached crisis levels in Melbourne and Sydney
By Paul Connolly
Image of the Condamine River on fire
Billion-dollar burnouts keep emissions rising
By Richard Denniss
Image of Donald Trump
How did American democracy come to this?
By Richard Cooke
It took two weeks and endless bureaucracy to honour a dying wish
By Claire Konkes
James Lovatt
Lovatts Crosswords gave its profits to employees. What went wrong?
By Richard Cooke