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

‘A New Britannia’ turns 50

Culture / Books / Society / History

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

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

Hopelessly devoted to Dan

Politics / Society / Media

The government is your servant, not your friend

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

The budget that wasn’t

Politics / Federal politics / Society / Economics

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

Plot twisted. Image of a protester holding a QAnon sign in Munich, Germany, in September 2020

Plot twisted

Society

QAnon would be easier to refute if it didn’t draw oxygen from real cases of abuse


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

➊ Hopelessly devoted to Dan

The government is your servant, not your friend

A queer bushranger. Darlinghurst Gaol record of AG Scott, alias Captain Moonlite, November 1879

➋ A queer bushranger

The tale of Captain Moonlite

What really happened at Yuendumu?. Image of police station in Alice Springs with red handprints on wall

➌ What really happened at Yuendumu?

The promised inquiries must answer the biggest questions raised by the police shooting of an Aboriginal man

Fear of spending. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

➍ Fear of spending

So what is MMT and why should you care?

Environment


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

Death threat. Image of a koala

Death threat

Environmental protection laws do not conserve Australia’s wildlife – and government inaction means they never will

Coal cursed. Image of then treasurer Scott Morrison handing Barnaby Joyce a lump of coal during Question Time, February 9, 2017

Coal cursed

The fossil-fuel lobby could not have created the climate wars so easily without the preceding culture wars

Witnessing the unthinkable. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Witnessing the unthinkable

New climate modelling suggests planetary crisis is coming much sooner than previously thought


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Media


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

The fraught politics of Fire Fight Australia . Image of Fire Fight Australia

The fraught politics of Fire Fight Australia

The imperatives of commercial media mean that the bushfire crisis is unlikely to be a tipping point for denialism

Tasteful sexuality. Penthouse magazine cover Aug 1993

Tasteful sexuality

An oral history of the Warwick & Joanne Capper ‘Penthouse’ shoot

Mungo MacCallum: A true journalistic believer. Image of Mungo MacCallum

Mungo MacCallum: A true journalistic believer

Celebrating the contribution of an Australian media legend


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Health


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

Storm in a port: The unfolding disaster of the Ruby Princess. Image of Samantha Brett of 7 News reporting on the ‘Ruby Princess’

Storm in a port: The unfolding disaster of the Ruby Princess

The system breakdowns onboard and onshore that led to the docking of the coronavirus cruise ship

Another month of plague. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Another month of plague

Voices from the coronavirus outbreak


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Economics


In the red

Inside the modern debt-collection industry

Our debt to David Graeber. Image of David Graeber in 2016

Our debt to David Graeber

The anthropologist’s ideas about finance are just as relevant as ever

Report from India: Tracing Gautam Adani’s ruthless ambition. Image of Adani’s thermal power plant at Mundra, India

Report from India: Tracing Gautam Adani’s ruthless ambition

The parallel rise of the coal baron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

How Australia’s coal madness led to Adani. Image of Abbot Point

How Australia’s coal madness led to Adani

The real reasons keeping the Carmichael mine alive

What the government thinks you’re worth

Our nation’s economists have a price on your head, dead or alive

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


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History


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

Let the record stand. Captain Cook statue in St Kilda, Melbourne

Let the record stand

There is nothing learnt by erasing, or defacing, the past

Whitefella visits Kurnell. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Whitefella visits Kurnell

A Botany Bay ferry would restore Cook’s landing site as a ‘meeting place’


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Science & Technology


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

Shooting beyond the Moon. Image of Buzz Aldrin next to flag on the Moon

Shooting beyond the Moon

Reflecting on the Apollo 11 mission as Mars beckons

Mining the Moon. Photo of Elon Musk

Mining the Moon

The resources industry says it’s finders keepers in the new space race

Screen addiction. Illustration

Screen addiction

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


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Education


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

The screens that ate school. Child's illustration

The screens that ate school

What do we really know about the growing presence of Google, Apple, Microsoft and more in the education system?


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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?

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

The Insult. Statue of a kouros in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens

The Insult

An incurious encounter takes flight


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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


The Uighurs of Xinjiang. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The Uighurs of Xinjiang

A visit to Ürümqi’s quieted streets and contested museums

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?

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

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

Life in a coroners court. Illustration

Life in a coroners court

Meet those who speak for the dead to protect the living


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Law & Order


Injustice unmasked. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Injustice unmasked

What are the priorities of policing protests under lockdown?

Disorder

‘Four Corners’ tells just one part of the story of mental health in Australia

In the wrong

A primary school–aged child in court surely represents the ultimate failure of society, yet Australia won’t raise the age of criminal responsibility

The man inside and the inside man

Crime, punishment and indemnities in western Sydney’s gang wars

The Aquarian ‘terrorist’. Photograph of George Dickson

The Aquarian ‘terrorist’

George Dickson’s minor act of rebellion, and the state’s major overreach

COVID-19 versus human rights. © Stephen Barnes / Alamy

COVID-19 versus human rights

The virus is the latest excuse for governments to slash and burn the individual rights of prisoners


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Indigenous Australia


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

Northern exposure. Balgo township

Northern exposure

COVID-19 is turning Indigenous communities into a tinderbox

Desert bloom: The Tennant Creek Brio . Photograph of Tennant Creek Brio artists by Jesse Marlow / Institute

Desert bloom: The Tennant Creek Brio

The brazen art movement born out of the troubled legacies of substance abuse and dispossession

Searching for the truth in Yuendumu. Image of Yuendumu

Searching for the truth in Yuendumu

Very little has been learnt from the death in custody on Palm Island


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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


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

Swan song: Documenting the Adam Goodes saga. Photo of Adam Goodes

Swan song: Documenting the Adam Goodes saga

Two documentaries consider how racism ended the AFL star’s career


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COVID-19


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?

The gendered pandemic. Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The gendered pandemic

Coronavirus lockdown is undoing gains for women in employment, shared domestic labour and protection from family violence


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