The Monthly Essays

IBAC investigates Victoria’s rotten education bureaucracy
By Catherine Ford
The author of ‘This House of Grief’ and ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ on writing about darkness
By Helen Garner
Joe Hockey and the myth of Coalition economic management
By Richard Denniss
© Dave Tacon
The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines
By Margaret Simons
Too many kangaroos loose in Canberra
By Sam Vincent
When you’re driving a bus full of tourists through the Australian outback, a packet of chewing gum may be your only hope
By Robert Skinner
Richard Di Natale and a new leadership team hit the mainstream
By Amanda Lohrey
On pregnancy and birth, tradition and family
By Alice Pung
A conversation with Julian Assange
By John Keane
Did a ’70s soft-rock group predict the future of music?
By Robert Forster
A one-woman assault on condescension
By Helen Garner
The mysteries of the microbiome
By Jo Chandler
© Nick Moir / Fairfax Syndication
A life in accidents
By Tim Winton
Noel Pearson and Tony Abbott
Ten years of struggle and success in indigenous Australia
By Noel Pearson
By Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Joe Hockey, Mathias Cormann and Kelly O'Dwyer gather around the Intergenerational Report in March. © Mick Tsikas / AAP
How economic modelling is used to circumvent democracy and shut down debate
By Richard Denniss
New light on the wreck of the ‘Batavia’ and its savage aftermath
By Jeff Sparrow
What’s next for the perpetual deputy?
By Chris Wallace