The Monthly Essays

Image of Force Majeure’s Never Did Me Any Harm
The arts funding cuts are just a symptom of a broader malaise in Australia
By Alison Croggon
Image of Nauru
Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture
By Richard Flanagan
Bertram Wainer inspired a young Tim Flannery to take on the establishment
By Tim Flannery
Image of Roald Dahl in his writing hut
The life and legacy of Roald Dahl
By Anwen Crawford
Image of Sydney University graduate
Where has demand driven our universities?
By Thornton McCamish
There’s more to throwing a party than putting out some dips
By Robert Skinner
Image of Michelle Guthrie
The new managing director’s vision isn’t clear
By Margaret Simons
Image of mining workers flying from Perth
A region returns to earth
By Hamish McDonald
Image of Xiaojing Hao
Australia’s solar champions face an uncertain future
By Ceridwen Dovey
Image of Richard Di Natale, Adam Bandt and Jason Ball
What did the party deliver?
By Paddy Manning
The boat cruise commentary had everything – except indigenous Tasmania
By Bruce Pascoe
Lynette Daley
Ms Dhu, Lynette Daley and the alarming rates of violence against indigenous women
By Marcia Langton
Rachel Perkins
The Arrernte Women’s Project is preserving vital songs and culture
By Rachel Perkins
Galarrwuy Yunupingu
An indigenous leader reflects on a lifetime following the law of the land
By Galarrwuy Yunupingu
China since the other Malcolm
By Robert Drewe
The coral bleaching signals a defining environmental shift
By Jo Chandler
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
An ideology of savagery
By Robert Manne
Bill Shorten
On the road with Bill Shorten
By Chloe Hooper