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Serenity

Society / Environment

Give us not serenity but a sense of urgency in the face of catastrophic climate change

Dangerous precedents. Attorney-General Christian Porter, March 3, 2021

Dangerous precedents

Politics / Federal politics / Society / Law and order

Criminal law is not the only legal avenue to consider Christian Porter’s accountability and his future

The worst form of defence. Mohibullah

The worst form of defence

Society / World

New revelations of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

Plight of the platypus

Society / Environment

Extreme weather events are affecting this monotreme in unforeseen ways


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The worst form of defence. Mohibullah

➊ The worst form of defence

New revelations of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

Up the river. The Darling River near Pooncarie, NSW

➋ Up the river

Hope is running dry in the Murray–Darling Basin

➌ Serenity

Give us not serenity but a sense of urgency in the face of catastrophic climate change

The bin fire of the humanities. Artwork by TV Moore

➍ The bin fire of the humanities

Casualisation and relentless cost-cutting have destroyed the credibility of Australian universities

Environment


A reef history of time. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A reef history of time

The effort to restore Australia’s once-vast oyster ecosystems

Coupe de grâce. Image of old-growth forest in southern Tasmania

Coupe de grâce

Could the legacy of Australia’s worst bushfires on record be the end of native logging?

Shattered. 



Lake Conjola

Shattered

A NSW community questions whether last summer’s catastrophic bushfire was inevitable

Realignment. A climate change banner at Jerrabomberra Public School, north of Queanbeyan

Realignment

How climate politics is fracturing Australia’s party system

Tipping point. Image of Warragamba Dam

Tipping point

Juukan Gorge is gone, but will we act in time to save Warragamba Dam?

The age of epidemics. Cover image of Body Count by Paddy Manning

The age of epidemics

Outbreaks like COVID-19 are caused by the same fundamental problems as climate change, but the solutions may also be connected


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Media


Rushed judgement

When should allegations against senior politicians be published?

The Corp’s bride. Former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull with a screenshot of Turnbull’s confirmation of signing the petition

The Corp’s bride

Despite a widely supported petition, the government is too scared to take on the Murdoch empire

Hopelessly devoted to Dan. Image of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews with screenshots from #IStandWithDan

Hopelessly devoted to Dan

The government is your servant, not your friend

Rupture. Image of AAP logo at the Sydney bureau of national newswire Australian Associated Press

Rupture

How Google and Facebook created the opportunity for NewsCorp’s latest coup attempt

The Rupertvirus

News Corp’s COVID coverage has been a health risk of its own

Viral injustice. Image of Julian Assange

Viral injustice

Julian Assange’s extradition trial continues as an attack on journalism


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Health


Celebrity misinformation . Image of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performing in 2019

Celebrity misinformation

The Foo Fighters’ AIDS denialism should be on the record

The second wave. 



Flemington, July 6, 2020

The second wave

Case studies of systemic failure in Victoria’s fight against coronavirus

Hysteria as metaphor. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Hysteria as metaphor

What chronic illness can teach us about the limits of the healthcare system during a global crisis

Chelmsford revisited. Images of members of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights at the Chelmsford royal commission, 1990

Chelmsford revisited

Thirty years on from the excoriating royal commission, two practitioners of deep sleep therapy seek redemption in a defamation case that again blames Scientologists for their downfall

Troubled waters. Image of the Ruby Princess docked in Sydney Harbour in March 2020

Troubled waters

The ‘Ruby Princess’ inquiry finds plenty of blame to go around

Doula by choice. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Doula by choice

Traditionally offering non-medical support to women during pregnancy, doulas are now providing care during abortions


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Economics


The changing climate of risk. Image of bushfire threatening homes

The changing climate of risk

Financial institutions, investment funds and governments are being held to account over the costs of climate change

And now for something completely indifferent. Image of Guy Sebastian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, June, 2020

And now for something completely indifferent

The Morrison government is yet to fully realise that sidelining the arts hurts the economy

Which jobs and what growth?. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Which jobs and what growth?

We need to talk about the economy

The budget that wasn’t. Image of Josh Frydenberg at Parliament House

The budget that wasn’t

What if Frydenberg had actually created a budget for the times?

Fear of spending. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Fear of spending

So what is MMT and why should you care?

In the red

Inside the modern debt-collection industry


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History


Australian idle

Fifty years after ‘A New Britannia’, whatever happened to the revolution?

‘A New Britannia’ turns 50. Humphrey McQueen (Image © Karen Donnelly) and A New Britannia

‘A New Britannia’ turns 50

Humphrey McQueen’s influential book questioned the nation-building myths of the time

The lockdown diaries. 



Photography by Sarah Contos

The lockdown diaries

Melbourne in the time of pandemic

Louisa Lawson, our first public feminist. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Louisa Lawson, our first public feminist

The pioneer of publishing and women’s rights has been unjustly overshadowed by regard for her famous son, Henry

State’s head revisited. Image of the Queen and Prince Philip meeting governor-general John Kerr, 1977

State’s head revisited

The Palace Letters confirm the Crown’s neutrality is irrevocably compromised

The Queen’s cur. Image of Governor-general Sir John Kerr and Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen’s cur

On Kerr, the Palace Letters and the Crown’s silence


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Science & Technology


Brain waves. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Brain waves

Brain–computer interfaces promise communication capabilities for those paralysed by neurological dysfunction

Pale blue dot. Image of Earth from the Moon

Pale blue dot

The myth of the ‘overview effect’, and how it serves space industry entrepreneurs

The breath of Venus. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The breath of Venus

Does the detection of phosphine gas point to life among Venus’s clouds?

Ready to rumble

Crowds cheer on the destructive prowess of Pot Head and Wanda at the Robowars National Championship

Our largest sexual organ: Amee Baird’s ‘Sex in the Brain’. Image of ‘Sex in the Brain’

Our largest sexual organ: Amee Baird’s ‘Sex in the Brain’

We know surprisingly little about how our brains orchestrate our sex lives

Mission to Mars. Illustration

Mission to Mars

The Australian woman on the shortlist to bid farewell to Earth forever


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Education


When the rivers run dry. Image of the University of Sydney, July 2020

When the rivers run dry

Universities are in trouble, and the government isn’t helping

A minor language

If Footscray Primary’s Vietnamese program ends, what else is lost?

Blind study

When it comes to China’s influence, Australian universities have been burying their heads in the sand for too long

Learning difficulties. Image of library shelves

Learning difficulties

The Coalition’s political agenda is a gross infringement on academic freedom

At what cost. Image of Sydney University campus

At what cost

University fees have never functioned as a price signal in the way the government is anticipating

Oh, the humanities. Image of Minister for Education Dan Tehan at the National Press Club on June 19, 2020

Oh, the humanities

Despite the ideological thrust of Dan Tehan’s funding proposals, universities might now have an incentive to boost humanities enrolments


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World


Surf and turfed. Illustration

Surf and turfed

The Australian surfers battling Chinese developers in Fiji

Revisiting the kids of Angeles City. Photograph by Dave Tacon

Revisiting the kids of Angeles City

Three years on, how are the Filipino children of Australian sex tourists faring?

APEC comes to PNG . Illustration

APEC comes to PNG

Shipped-in Maseratis and single-use venues are a world away from real life in Port Moresby

Jeremy Heimans: the up-start. Image of Jeremy Heimans

Jeremy Heimans: the up-start

The co-founder of GetUp! might be the most influential Australian in the world

Fallen angels. © Dave Tacon

Fallen angels

The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines

Censorship, sex and scandal in Singapore

For the city-state’s academics, freedom of speech is a sensitive subject


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Food


Guess who’s coming to dinner. Image of MasterChef 2020 judge Melissa Leong

Guess who’s coming to dinner

MasterChef conceals and reveals Australian racism

The milk of human genius. Image of cow in photo studio

The milk of human genius

The end of the cow is near as animal-free milk is likely to decimate the traditional dairy industry within the decade, and plant-based meat is set to upend the beef market

A near-impossible sell. Illustration

A near-impossible sell

Sprout farmer Bruce Adams has created one of Australia’s more unlikely oversized highway attractions

The next big thin

Dissecting dietary fads and habits

Masaaki’s sushi. Illustration

Masaaki’s sushi

Join the queue for Tasmania’s most sought-after Japanese

The dining boom. Wine distributors from China visit the Barossa Valley

The dining boom

Australia’s food and wine industry is the next big thing in China


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Travel


From locked out to locked in. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

From locked out to locked in

When international ports close, what happens to those at sea?

The Uighurs of Xinjiang. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The Uighurs of Xinjiang

A visit to Ürümqi’s quieted streets and contested museums

Tour de forced cancellations. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Tour de forced cancellations

How Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree, has been quieted by lockdown

Yellow submarine

A former Russian athlete’s plan for Australia’s first commercial sub

Walking the Wukalina Walk. Illustration

Walking the Wukalina Walk

A new four-day tour in Tasmania is owned and guided by Aboriginal people

Walking the Wukalina Walk. Illustration

Walking the Wukalina Walk

A new four-day tour in Tasmania is owned and guided by Aboriginal people


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Family & Relationships


He is risen!

Keeping mum about the Easter Bunny

Silver linings. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Silver linings

Having survived Afghanistan as a counterintelligence officer, a traumatised vet and his family lost their farm in the Adelaide Hills bushfires

Safety net. Illustration

Safety net

The security business partnering with domestic violence services to help women and children escape abuse

The sperm drought

Dwindling stocks of Australian sperm have fertility clinics looking overseas and couples looking online

Screen addiction. Illustration

Screen addiction

As more of our lives are lived online, more people aren’t coping

Chasing the miracle of gene therapy. Image of Isla and Jude Donnell

Chasing the miracle of gene therapy

For Megan Donnell’s family, the DNA-altering revolution cannot come soon enough


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Law & Order


Courting progress

Australian law has made some progress on sexual harassment – but we have a long way to go

Power of attorney. Image of Attorney-General Christian Porter

Power of attorney

The rule of law is not a shield for the powerful

Strong convictions

Are the criminal courts always the best places for victims to seek justice?

Koori hearings. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Koori hearings

The Marram-Ngala Ganbu program is transforming the experience of Indigenous families in court

Warrior culture

The allegations of Australian war crimes have shattered the national digger mythology

Injustice unmasked. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Injustice unmasked

What are the priorities of policing protests under lockdown?


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Indigenous Australia


Voice at a crossroads. ‘The Fifth Element’, 2020

Voice at a crossroads

Constitutional protection is essential if the voice to parliament is to be a meaningful change

Murrandoo’s Burketown. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Murrandoo’s Burketown

How Murrandoo Yanner’s fight for native title in the Gulf of Carpentaria transformed his Gangalidda home town

In times like these, what would Oodgeroo do?. Image of Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Sydney Town Hall, 1970

In times like these, what would Oodgeroo do?

On the influence of Aboriginal poet, activist and educator Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Soul music: Kev Carmody. © Joseph Mayers

Soul music: Kev Carmody

The life of a great Australian songwriter

Freeing the flag. Image of the Aboriginal flag

Freeing the flag

Allowing the Aboriginal flag to be used freely is an important step towards self-determination

Reconciliation and the promise of an Australian homecoming. Image of Scott Morrison with Guugu Yimidhirr people at Reconciliation Rocks, Cooktown, 2019

Reconciliation and the promise of an Australian homecoming

What would make an acknowledgement of country more welcome


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National Security


Laurie Matheson, our man in Moscow. Image of Laurie Matheson

Laurie Matheson, our man in Moscow

Was ‘Australia’s James Bond’ working for the KGB? Or ASIO? Or both?

Nuclear brinkmanship and the doomsday scenario. Image of Marshall Islands, 1946

Nuclear brinkmanship and the doomsday scenario

The risk posed by the global weapons complex is much worse than you know

Looking for moles. Image of surveillance of David Combe

Looking for moles

The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence

China flexes. Illustration

China flexes

The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours

Spies like Oz. ASIO surveillance photograph of the 1968 May Day March in Wollongong

Spies like Oz

John Blaxland’s ‘The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963–1975’

Oil and water. Robert Domm interviews Xanana Gusmão, October 1990

Oil and water

Australia blurs the lines with Timor-Leste


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Gender


‘Here We Are’ at the Art Gallery of NSW. Image of ‘Sachiko’ my Miwa Yanagi

‘Here We Are’ at the Art Gallery of NSW

An opportunity for rethinking the position of women in contemporary art

You’re the voice. Illustration

You’re the voice

Helping trans and non-binary gendered people define their vocal identity

Terri Butler’s rise through the rancour. Illustration

Terri Butler’s rise through the rancour

The Queensland Labor MP on the hustings and the hating

Notes from a strip club. Image of a strip club

Notes from a strip club

Work as a stripper wasn’t quite what this newcomer imagined

A woman walks alone at night. © Mohd Shahrizal CC BY 2

A woman walks alone at night

On freedom and creativity, limitation and control

To have or not to have: Sheila Heti’s ‘Motherhood’ and Jacqueline Rose’s ‘Mothers’. Covers of Motherhood and Mothers

To have or not to have: Sheila Heti’s ‘Motherhood’ and Jacqueline Rose’s ‘Mothers’

Heti’s novel asks if a woman should have a child; Rose’s nonfiction considers how society treats her if she does


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Sport


A more enlightened deathmatch . Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A more enlightened deathmatch

Deathmatch Downunder is making wrestling progressive, accessible and inclusive

The art of class war. Image of Sydney Roosters versus St George Illawarra Dragons, 2020

The art of class war

How decades after Murdoch and Packer destroyed the popular appeal of a game created for the masses, Peter V’landys is putting rugby league back on top

Power outage. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Power outage

Athlete Claire Keefer trains for a Paralympics now postponed

AFL names of the decade

Games may be cancelled, but the names play on

Australia 2.0. Image of Alan Bond and Bob Hawke

Australia 2.0

The America’s Cup winged keel and the transformation of a nation

Hellraiser. Photo of Israel Folau

Hellraiser

How evangelical footballer Israel Folau lit a fire under the culture wars


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COVID-19


Viral culture. Image of cartoon map of Australia with figure pointing to it

Viral culture

What has COVID-19 taught Australians about themselves?

Sikh and ye shall find. Image of The Incredible String Band, Royal Albert Hall, London, 1969

Sikh and ye shall find

The psychedelic origins of a popular yoga blessing

Nightclubs, pandemics and our real selves. ‘At the dance’, a painting by Micheline lee

Nightclubs, pandemics and our real selves

For some in the disabled community, it wasn’t long after COVID hit that the all-in-this-together sentiment started falling apart

Inner space. Image of whale sculpture

Inner space

Taking to London’s streets in lockdown, with thoughts of Orwell and Henry Miller, plagues, eels, decorative cakes and what might be done in the belly of a whale

Snapback. Gif of cover image from The Monthly September issue

Snapback

In the face of the pandemic, Scott Morrison has failed to adjust his thinking, and wants to return to the way things used to be

Julian of Norwich. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Julian of Norwich

Might challenges to neoliberal orthodoxies emerge from the pandemic, as challenges to Christian faith did after the Black Death?


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