The Monthly Essays

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
Warren Entsch at the Coming of the Light festival on Thursday Island, July 2013. © Aaron Smith
A trip through the Torres Strait to see the Coming of the Light festival
By Thornton McCamish
Early examples of gene silencing in transgenic plants
Gene silencing, miracle cures and Balmain’s biggest biotech company
By Michael Lucy
Portrait of Tony Abbott by Neil Moore
The brief life and quiet death of Tony Abbott’s love of liberty
By David Marr
Umeewarra Mission
In Port Augusta, an Israeli linguist is helping the Barngarla people reclaim their language
By Anna Goldsworthy
What drives Edward Snowden, the world’s most wanted whistleblower?
By Robert Manne
Catching a ride with strangers is harder than it looks
By Robert Skinner
Marco and Nick Nikitaras
Coles, Woolworths and the price we pay for their domination
By Malcolm Knox