On the road to Gundagai

An unexpected stop prompts the question: Just what is the deal with the Dog on the Tuckerbox?
Robert Skinner
Once upon a time in the West. Image of Pope John Paul II in Gabon, 1982
The Monthly Essays

Once upon a time in the West

Conservatives pine for the days of unapologetic cultural supremacism. Do they really know what they’re getting themselves into?
Richard Cooke
The Monthly Essays


The Turnbull government has burned the bridge of bipartisanship
Noel Pearson
The Monthly Essays

When the politics got personal

Gillian Triggs’ culture shock
Margaret Simons
The Nation Reviewed

The unflappable Finkel

Australia’s chief scientist talks energy alternatives and trying to elevate the narrative
Anna Krien
The Medicine

Some days

Some days, nothing comes easy
Karen Hitchcock

Most Popular

  1. The Monthly Essays
    Rape among the lamingtons
    Tragic evidence of child sexual abuse in the Newcastle Anglican Church
    Anne Manne
    Rape among the lamingtons. Image of Ian Shevill


The Great Southern Reef. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
The Great Southern Reef
What is killing off the kelp forests along Australia’s coast?
James Bradley
Bender’s choice. Image of Frances Bender
The Monthly Essays
Bender’s choice
Tasmanian salmon, from farm to court
Claire Konkes
Snapshots from the abyss. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Snapshots from the abyss
Meet Australia’s creatures of the deep
Nicole Gill
Title fight. Image of Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest
The Monthly Essays
Title fight
The people of the Pilbara take on Australia’s great philanthropist
Paul Cleary


The Nation Reviewed
Spheres of influence
Social media is blurring the line between opinion and advertising
Helen Sullivan
Names have been suppressed
Attempts to encourage censorship and deliberate amnesia seldom work
Mungo MacCallum
Killing our media. Facebook CEO and chairman Mark Zuckerberg at the APEC CEO Summit 2016 in Lima, Peru
The Monthly Essays
Killing our media
The impact of Facebook and the tech giants
Nick Feik
Fairfax is under threat again
Quick action is needed if public-interest journalism is to survive
Ranald Macdonald


The Medicine
A bad case of the flu
Notes from the flu-season frontline
Karen Hitchcock
The Medicine
The eyes have it
How is it possible for an emotion to be expressed in an eyeball?
Karen Hitchcock
Lucky Luke
The Darwin poet whose muse is a dialysis machine
Oscar Schwartz
A few questions before you go
How do we decide how we die?
Steven Amsterdam


Curing Affluenza
Sensible economics made simple – a Richard Denniss book extract
Richard Denniss
Grandfathering the Australian dream. Image of a broken key
The Monthly Essays
Grandfathering the Australian dream
House prices, insecure work and growing debts … Who can afford a stake in today’s society?
Richard Denniss
The shorter working week can work
It’s time to take the four-day work week seriously
Emma Dawson
Arrested development. Image of James Packer
The Monthly Essays
Arrested development
James Packer has been down, but he’s not out
Richard Cooke


Tablet or toilet?. Image of a modern kitchen, circa 1950
The Monthly Essays
Tablet or toilet?
How transformative has the computer age really been?
James Boyce
What should we do with Captain Cook?. Illustration
What should we do with Captain Cook?
The pitfalls of memorialising historical figures
Don Watson
This is not an opera house. Image of the Sydney Opera House
The Monthly Essays
This is not an opera house
Beautiful on the outside … the tragedy of Bennelong Point
Darryn King
On a mission. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
On a mission
Reviving a century of Indigenous music through the Mission Songs Project
Zoë Morrison

Science & Technology

The robot race. Image of a robot waiter
The Monthly Essays
The robot race
What does automation mean for the future of jobs?
Andrew Charlton and Jim Chalmers
Don’t believe the hype. Cover of Radical Technologies
Arts & Letters / Books
Don’t believe the hype
Adam Greenfield’s ‘Radical Technologies’ is an essential guide to the tech revolution
Scott Ludlam
Deep space mined. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Deep space mined
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex keeps an eye on the stars
Andrew P Street
Screen time, all the time. Image of child looking at screen
The Monthly Essays
Screen time, all the time
Do smart devices in classrooms help kids learn?
Russell Marks


The school-shopping list
Private, public, state, selective … the trials of choosing a high school
Fran Cusworth
Child’s play. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Child’s play
The Melbourne Museum’s new gallery takes small children seriously
Zoë Morrison
Rhodes dollars. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Rhodes dollars
The Rhodes Scholarship is slowly embracing diversity
Zoë Morrison
New students. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
New students
Welcome to the Collingwood English Language School
Ingrid Laguna


Fallen angels. © Dave Tacon
The Monthly Essays
Fallen angels
The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines
Margaret Simons
The Insult. Statue of a kouros in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens
The Monthly Essays
The Insult
An incurious encounter takes flight
Peter Robb
 The work of catfish. Katsushika Hokusai, 'Under the Wave off Kanagawa', c
The Monthly Essays
The work of catfish
Reflections on Japan
Lian Hearn
The foundering miracle. Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan addresses the nation about the worsening situation at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, 25 March 2011
The Monthly Essays
The foundering miracle
Reflections on Japan
Hugh White


A near-impossible sell. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
A near-impossible sell
Sprout farmer Bruce Adams has created one of Australia’s more unlikely oversized highway attractions
Patrick Witton
The Medicine
The next big thin
Dissecting dietary fads and habits
Karen Hitchcock
Masaaki’s sushi. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Masaaki’s sushi
Join the queue for Tasmania’s most sought-after Japanese
Josephine Rowe
The dining boom. Wine distributors from China visit the Barossa Valley
The Monthly Essays
The dining boom
Australia’s food and wine industry is the next big thing in China
Hamish McDonald


Lessons from camels. © Juniors Bildarchiv GmbH / Alamy
Lessons from camels
A ten-day camel trek through the South Australian outback. With your parents.
Robert Skinner
The stopover
The prospect of 12 hours in Singapore airport gives rise to an existential crisis
Robert Skinner
The perfect cup of coffee
On an island in Nicaragua, a rocky incline stands between Steve Hely and the Holy Grail of caffeine
Steve Hely
Too upsetting. Illustration
Too upsetting
The boat cruise commentary had everything – except indigenous Tasmania
Bruce Pascoe

Family & Relationships

Home truths. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Home truths
Ah Gong and Ah Mah move into a culturally diverse aged-care facility
Alice Pung
A travesty of process. Illustration
A travesty of process
The same-sex marriage survey sets a dangerous precedent
Judith Brett
True love in Nauru
Two gay refugees face an unwelcoming community and an uncertain future
Abdul Karim Hekmat
A beautiful chaos. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
A beautiful chaos
The Artful Dodgers Studios is a haven for young artists and musicians
Jaye Kranz

Law & Order

Police, don’t move!. Image of Timothy Baker
The Monthly Essays
Police, don’t move!
Former police officer Timothy Baker goes on trial for murder
Catherine Ford
Canberra needs a watchdog. Jeff Fisher Illustration
Canberra needs a watchdog
Who is keeping an eye on our federal politicians?
Richard Denniss
Debt. Recovery.. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Debt. Recovery.
A parliamentary committee’s report on the Centrelink robo-debt debacle makes for damning reading
Alex McKinnon
Why she broke. Image of Akon Guode
The Monthly Essays
Why she broke
The woman, her children and the lake: Akon Guode’s tragic story
Helen Garner

Indigenous Australia

Rejection of the Uluru statement reveals the real Turnbull. ABC News
Rejection of the Uluru statement reveals the real Turnbull
The arguments against an Indigenous voice to parliament simply don’t stack up
Mungo MacCallum
The crankhandle of history. Image of Alice Springs
The Monthly Essays
The crankhandle of history
Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines?
Richard Cooke
Hump day. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Hump day
The descendants of Australia’s “Afghan” cameleers get together in remote South Australia
Sam Vincent
Country needs people. Image of Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area, 2013
The Monthly Essays
Country needs people
Mapping and minding shared lands
Kim Mahood

National Security

Looking for moles. Image of surveillance of David Combe
Arts & Letters / Books
Looking for moles
The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence
David McKnight
China flexes. Illustration
China flexes
The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours
Michael Wesley
Spies like Oz. ASIO surveillance photograph of the 1968 May Day March in Wollongong
Arts & Letters / Books
Spies like Oz
John Blaxland’s ‘The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963–1975’
David McKnight
Oil and water. Robert Domm interviews Xanana Gusmão, October 1990
The Monthly Essays
Oil and water
Australia blurs the lines with Timor-Leste
Mark Aarons


The snip. © Eraxion / iStock
The Monthly Essays
The snip
It’s a simple procedure, but having a vasectomy can raise questions of masculinity and equality
Ceridwen Dovey
A cleansing fire. Image of Jessa Crispin
Arts & Letters / Books
A cleansing fire
Jessa Crispin’s ‘Why I Am Not a Feminist’ demands a dismantling of mainstream feminism … and the system itself
Stephanie Bishop
Business as usual?. Image of men at board meeting
The Monthly Essays
Business as usual?
The confused case for corporate gender equality
Cordelia Fine
The science question and feminism
STEM is the future, and women need to be part of it
Margaret Wertheim


Marathon man
John Coates’ 27-year AOC tenure must end before real change can take place
Mungo MacCallum
AFL 2017 in names only. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
AFL 2017 in names only
The only player analysis you’ll need this footy season
Hugh Robertson
The Nation Reviewed
Desirable elements
Simon Oxenham has designed some of the world’s greatest skateparks
Jenan Taylor
8972 fans. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
8972 fans
The Newtown Jets rugby league team has a loyal – and increasingly urbane – suburban following
Alex McKinnon