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The Monthly Essays

The art of biography

The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing
David Marr
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The Nation Reviewed

Rhodes dollars

The Rhodes Scholarship is slowly embracing diversity
Zoë Morrison
The Monthly Essays

Duterte’s dirty war

A trip to the Philippines reveals the human cost of the war on drugs
Margaret Simons

Malcolm Turnbull: A brief lament

The climate-science champion of 2010 has morphed into the fossil-fuel supporter of 2016
Robert Manne
The Monthly Essays

Green fields and blue sky

Is Nick Cleary’s ambitious CLARA project the answer to Australia’s fast-rail question?
Paddy Manning
Arts & Letters / Books

Looking for moles

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

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Feeding  the  beast
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Grave Barrier Reef
The coral bleaching signals a defining environmental shift
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Is Michelle Guthrie tuned in to the ABC?
The new managing director’s vision isn’t clear
Margaret Simons
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Get your Wiki on
Wikiclub NT is raising the Northern Territory’s profile on Wikipedia
Oscar Schwartz
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Why Google is a political matter
A conversation with Julian Assange
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Scientists reveal Murdoch’s true nature
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The Medicine
Performance check-up
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How do doctors manage when there are more patients and fewer resources?
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The doctor
Bertram Wainer inspired a young Tim Flannery to take on the establishment
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Why do we do so little of something so good?
Karen Hitchcock


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A game theory
Lovatts Crosswords gave its profits to employees. What went wrong?
Richard Cooke
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Bust  in  the  Pilbara
A region returns to earth
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Crunch time
Australia’s car industry has met policy failure head-on
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The revolting backbench
Malcolm Turnbull’s greatest obstacle to tax reform is close to home
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Reading Inga Clendinnen
The late historian leaves behind a stunning body of scholarship
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The secrets of others
Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
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The man who never grew up
The life and legacy of Roald Dahl
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The Long Tan dilemma
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Science & Technology

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The eureka factory
Australia’s solar champions face an uncertain future
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Dinosaur digger
Melbourne Museum’s Thomas Rich has devoted more than 30 years to Australia’s polar dinosaurs
Chloe Hooper
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The start-up whisperer
Just how innovative is the Turnbull government’s innovation package?
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Gut feelings
The mysteries of the microbiome
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New students
Welcome to the Collingwood English Language School
Ingrid Laguna
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Thinking caps on
Where has demand driven our universities?
Thornton McCamish
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The student lottery
How do we decide who will make the best doctors?
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Living within our platitudes
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Fallen angels
The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines
Margaret Simons
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The Insult
An incurious encounter takes flight
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Spirit of independence
A journey through West Papua
William Lloyd-George
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The foundering miracle
Reflections on Japan
Hugh White


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Masaaki’s sushi
Join the queue for Tasmania’s most sought-after Japanese
Josephine Rowe
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The dining boom
Australia’s food and wine industry is the next big thing in China
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Degustation Laconic
The language of menus
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The last Aussie-themed pub in London
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The perfect cup of coffee
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Too upsetting
The boat cruise commentary had everything – except indigenous Tasmania
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Taking ‘Stories I Want to Tell You in Person’ to India
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Family & Relationships

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The hand of faith
In 1980 a giant gold nugget changed the Hillier family’s fortunes
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Rough times
Homelessness has reached crisis levels in Melbourne and Sydney
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It took two weeks and endless bureaucracy to honour a dying wish
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Sweet dark purpose
Scaling the IVF mountain in Julia Leigh’s ‘Avalanche’
Anna Goldsworthy

Law & Order

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Two victims, no justice
Ms Dhu, Lynette Daley and the alarming rates of violence against indigenous women
Marcia Langton
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Very unusual payments
IBAC investigates the Victorian education department’s failed Ultranet
Catherine Ford
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Gardening at Alcatraz
The notorious island has been a site of incarceration, occupation and, now, “extreme gardening”
Sophie Cunningham
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The art of manipulation
True crime and entertainment in Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’
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Indigenous Australia

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Seeing visions
Lynette Wallworth’s ‘Collisions’ brings virtual reality to the Western Desert
Quentin Sprague
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Seeking a settlement
How does the reinvigorated treaty movement fit with recognition?
Megan Davis
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Mirrors to the landscape
Cultural conflicts in Ivan Sen’s ‘Goldstone’ and the ABC’s ‘Cleverman’
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Chaos in the arts
Consultation and transparency are the keys to successful arts policy
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National Security

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China flexes
The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours
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Spies like Oz
John Blaxland’s ‘The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963–1975’
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Oil and water
Australia blurs the lines with Timor-Leste
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Lines in the sand
The US and China’s struggle for power in Asia
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The gentlemen’s club
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Trans teens
When human nature and the law intersect
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Cultural hazards
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8972 fans
The Newtown Jets rugby league team has a loyal – and increasingly urbane – suburban following
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Foot soldiers
Trackside at a 24-hour ultramarathon
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The West Coast boys done bad
Ten years after the Eagles’ 2006 premiership, a culture is laid bare
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