The Monthly Essays

An Australian author writes for Burmese television
By Phillip Gwynne
A dinner date with Billy Snedden
By Robert Drewe
On lifestyle diseases and quick fixes
By Karen Hitchcock
The US and China’s struggle for power in Asia
By Hugh White
Meeting the Dalai Lama in the Blue Mountains
By Barry Hill
Why Australia won’t help the Rohingya
By Richard Cooke
Former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on Greece’s economic crisis
By Christos Tsiolkas
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
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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