Politics

Barack Obama poses in front of the Superman Statue in Metropolis, Illinois.
By Judith Brett
Armenian refugee women and child getting food relief, 1915-16, Library of Congress.
Gallipoli and the Armenian genocide
By Robert Manne
By Mungo MacCallum
As federal parliament began its final session of 2006, John Howard must have been feeling a bit like his beloved Australian cricket team: all he had to do to win was turn up. The past three elections had proved conclusively that he was not only...
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Charles Firth
The battle of ideas in Australian politics
By Kevin Rudd
In the October issue of The Monthly, I discussed how right-wing Christian extremism has become John Howard's religious handmaiden in his political project to reshape Australia. I argued, too, that the campaigns of the religious Right were one front...
Cover: October 2006
By Kevin Rudd
A documentary collection
By Robert Manne
DownloadThe Stolen Generations - a documentary collection 
By Robert Manne
Constitutional conservatives often suggest that there once existed a Golden Age in Australia when the Westminster principle of ministerial responsibility was scrupulously honoured. Defenders of the Howard government usually claim that there has been...
By Robert Manne
2005 was the warmest year in the history of Australia and the second warmest in the history of the Earth since records have been kept. Ten of the Earth’s 11 warmest years have occurred since 1990. The European summer of 2003 was so hot that,...
By Clare Barker
Most people are familiar with the concepts of the Yummy Mummy – the gym-toned career woman with child who manages to stay fanciable – and the Glamorous Grandmother, a vast cross-section of mature lipsticked women whose most prominent member is Lady...
By Malcolm Knox
“The event that dislocated our period from the last was September 11.” “Oh-one. Twin Towers. Splatter patterns. It’s raining men, hallelujah ...” “Hush. The event to which you refer merely amplified the existing order, even accelerated its actions....
Freedom, order and The Golden Bead Material: a parent’s dilemma
By Amanda Lohrey
In the years since then, I’ve observed with enduring fascination the many parents I’ve known who have agonised over their children’s schooling. Is there any decision that causes more angst and sleepless nights? Will the child be happy and make...
The radiance before the disaster. The indomitable St Petersburgers.
By Justin Clemens
Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as a “window to the West”, St Petersburg quickly became, according to Alexander Pushkin, “the jewel of the North”. Fyodor Dostoyevsky would later call it “that most abstract and intentional of cities”. By the early...
The last word on Mark Latham, the man everyone is hearing but no one is listening to
By Robert Manne
What the politicians and the journalists have told you is that in his diaries Mark Latham has written a bitter, biased, scurrilous, self-centred, self-aggrandising and ultimately self-destructive book. They are right. What they will not tell you is...
To understand the place you must first understand the Bundaberg Bear
By John Harms
I watch the Melbourne of my imagination disappear under low clouds. Urbane Melbourne, where conversation matters, where people take an interest in what is going on and have a pride in the culture they inherited and are adding to. It is a place...
How a lovestruck teenager, an angry man and an ambitious baron made sure bad news was no news on the path to Iraq
By Robert Manne
On the road to the invasion of Iraq, and through the two and a half years of bloody chaos since Baghdad’s fall, almost every Australian news-paper owned by Rupert Murdoch has supported each twist and turn of the American, British and Australian...
By Brian Toohey
John Howard, a prime minister who supposedly yearns for the days when fathers went to work, mothers stayed home and families lived behind white picket fences, might seem an unlikely hero for single mums. But he can fairly claim to have done much...

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