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Could a computer mark a NAPLAN essay?

If student assessment is automated, what might it miss?
Oscar Schwartz
Nuclear brinkmanship and the doomsday scenario. Image of Marshall Islands, 1946
The Monthly Essays

Nuclear brinkmanship and the doomsday scenario

The risk posed by the global weapons complex is much worse than you know
Scott Ludlam
The Monthly Essays

Jeremy Heimans: the up-start

The co-founder of GetUp! might be the most influential Australian in the world
Malcolm Knox
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Tutu Bob of Kings Cross

A local tour guide proves there is still plenty of life in the Cross
Linda Jaivin
The Monthly Essays

Sick on the inside

Our corrective services struggle to cope with the mental health requirements of inmates
Bronwyn Adcock

My life as a monster

Shannon Burns

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    Australia is on the brink of momentous change, but only if we can face up to the past – a Quarterly Essay extract
    Mark McKenna
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    The republic is an Aboriginal issue
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The unflappable Finkel
Australia’s chief scientist talks energy alternatives and trying to elevate the narrative
Anna Krien
The Great Southern Reef. Illustration
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The Great Southern Reef
What is killing off the kelp forests along Australia’s coast?
James Bradley
Bender’s choice. Image of Frances Bender
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Bender’s choice
Tasmanian salmon, from farm to court
Claire Konkes
Snapshots from the abyss. Illustration
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Snapshots from the abyss
Meet Australia’s creatures of the deep
Nicole Gill


‘Slow Burn’: Trump, Nixon and the art of the podcast. Image of Donald Trump
‘Slow Burn’: Trump, Nixon and the art of the podcast
Slate Plus’s podcast on Watergate urges patience on its audience
Matthew Clayfield
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The fabulous tale of Nelly Yoa
The Sudanese community leader and sports star’s improbable rise
Richard Cooke
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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


Patient simulation. Illustration
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Patient simulation
Some actors intentionally suffer for their art
Paul Connolly
The Medicine
What the hell was I afraid of?
Dissecting the complex power structures we all inhabit
Karen Hitchcock
On borrowed time. Image of Robert Manne
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On borrowed time
Reflections on a life lived in the shadow of mortality
Robert Manne
The Medicine
Please, go on
When you’re a doctor, nothing is ever Too Much Information
Karen Hitchcock


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Held to account
Why is the cost of banking in remote communities so high?
Russell Marks
Curing Affluenza
Sensible economics made simple – a Richard Denniss book extract
Richard Denniss
Title fight. Image of Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest
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Title fight
The people of the Pilbara take on Australia’s great philanthropist
Paul Cleary
Grandfathering the Australian dream. Image of a broken key
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Grandfathering the Australian dream
House prices, insecure work and growing debts … Who can afford a stake in today’s society?
Richard Denniss


Alexis Wright’s ‘Tracker’. Image of Tracker Tilmouth
Arts & Letters / Books
Alexis Wright’s ‘Tracker’
A raw account of Aboriginal politics through the stories of ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth
Frank Bongiorno
This Time
Australia’s republican past and future: a Benjamin T. Jones book extract
Benjamin T. Jones
Once upon a time in the West. Image of Pope John Paul II in Gabon, 1982
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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
Tablet or toilet?. Image of a modern kitchen, circa 1950
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Tablet or toilet?
How transformative has the computer age really been?
James Boyce

Science & Technology

Virtual reality: from Giotto to VRporn. Image of VR Zone Shinjuku, Japan
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Virtual reality: from Giotto to VRporn
The unexpected history of a radical technology
Margaret Wertheim
The robot race. Image of a robot waiter
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The robot race
What does automation mean for the future of jobs?
Andrew Charlton and Jim Chalmers
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Don’t believe the hype
Adam Greenfield’s ‘Radical Technologies’ is an essential guide to the tech revolution
Scott Ludlam
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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
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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
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Child’s play
The Melbourne Museum’s new gallery takes small children seriously
Zoë Morrison
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Rhodes dollars
The Rhodes Scholarship is slowly embracing diversity
Zoë Morrison


Fallen angels. © Dave Tacon
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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
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The Insult
An incurious encounter takes flight
Peter Robb
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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
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The foundering miracle
Reflections on Japan
Hugh White


A near-impossible sell. Illustration
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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
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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
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The dining boom
Australia’s food and wine industry is the next big thing in China
Hamish McDonald


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On the road to Gundagai
An unexpected stop prompts the question: Just what is the deal with the Dog on the Tuckerbox?
Robert Skinner
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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

Family & Relationships

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Take the cake
One baker’s verdict on the marriage survey result
Helen Sullivan
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Sanctuary without secrecy: a new women’s refuge
A new approach to making those experiencing family violence feel safe
Zoë Morrison
Screen-free day
C’mon, kids. It’ll be fun …
Anna Goldsworthy
Home truths. Illustration
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Home truths
Ah Gong and Ah Mah move into a culturally diverse aged-care facility
Alice Pung

Law & Order

When the politics got personal. Image of Gillian Triggs
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When the politics got personal
Gillian Triggs’ culture shock
Margaret Simons
Police, don’t move!. Image of Timothy Baker
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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
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Debt. Recovery.
A parliamentary committee’s report on the Centrelink robo-debt debacle makes for damning reading
Alex McKinnon

Indigenous Australia

Betrayal. Image of Noel Pearson
The Monthly Essays
The Turnbull government has burned the bridge of bipartisanship
Noel Pearson
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
On a mission. Illustration
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On a mission
Reviving a century of Indigenous music through the Mission Songs Project
Zoë Morrison
Lucky Luke
The Darwin poet whose muse is a dialysis machine
Oscar Schwartz

National Security

Looking for moles. Image of surveillance of David Combe
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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
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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
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Oil and water
Australia blurs the lines with Timor-Leste
Mark Aarons


Taking stock of #MeToo
How do we make sense of such a complex movement?
Kate Holden
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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
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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
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Business as usual?
The confused case for corporate gender equality
Cordelia Fine


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Aussie Rules 2018 in names only
A fundamental analysis of this year’s player lists
Hugh Robertson
Nick Kyrgios: talent to burn. Image of Nick Kyrgios
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Nick Kyrgios: talent to burn
Five short pieces about one of tennis’s most misunderstood players
Richard Cooke
Marathon man
John Coates’ 27-year AOC tenure must end before real change can take place
Mungo MacCallum
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AFL 2017 in names only
The only player analysis you’ll need this footy season
Hugh Robertson