The Monthly Essays

Tony Abbott presents Rosie Batty with the 2015 Australian of the Year award, 25 January 2015. © Mick Tsikas / AAP
The costs and causes of domestic violence
By Jess Hill
Tanya Plibersek, Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese. © Neil Moore
Which hill is Labor’s light on again?
By Rachel Nolan
Dibirdibi Country (2012), Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Gabori).
The meteoric career of Kaiadilt painter Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda
By Quentin Sprague
The morality of gambling
By David Walsh
Life outside the detention centres on Manus Island
By Jo Chandler
One mother’s campaign to fix overcrowding in Sydney’s schools
By Ceridwen Dovey
Cincinnatus Abandons the Plow To Dictate Laws in Rome (1806), by Juan Antonio Ribera
How online organisation can give power back to the people
By Tim Flannery and Catriona Wallace
Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, on Svalbard.
The president of Kiribati goes on a fact-finding mission in the Arctic
By John van Tiggelen
Road freight is expensive, dirty and dangerous. Why are our governments addicted to it?
By Paul Cleary
Gambler and MONA founder David Walsh has written a book
By Amanda Lohrey
Does the future belong to “sharing economy” companies like Uber and Airbnb?
By Linda Jaivin
Marc Hunter
Australia has produced only six true rock stars
By Robert Forster
Tanya Plibersek plays it cool
By John van Tiggelen
The poor face onerous rules while rich corporations avoid tax with impunity
By Richard Cooke
How World War One came to Broken Hill
By Nicholas Shakespeare
Truth, fiction and psychotherapy
By JM Coetzee & Arabella Kurtz
The Sydney Opera House lit up during the Vivid Sydney festival, May 2014
How the Abbott government is funding a high-culture war
By Steve Dow
At home with Rosie Batty
By Helen Garner