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Choosing an aged-care home is not easy
By Sarah Day
When the death of an old friend becomes tabloid fodder
By Luke Davies
Tasmania’s Black War was our nation’s most intense frontier conflict, resulting in the death of close to 200 Britons and 1,000 Aboriginals. Nicholas Clements offers contrasting perspectives from both sides of this dark chapter in Australia's history.
How outrage at overt racism helps to hide the more pervasive kind
By André Dao
Facebook and Google's egg-freezing employee benefit
By Nicole Krzys
The Monthly Book for June 2013 is Night Games by Anna Krien, a trenchant and controversial exploration of sex, power and sport. Join the Monthly Book’s Ramona Koval as she discusses the book with Erik Jensen and Tony Wilson.  You can also watch Ramona’s interview with Anna Krien or
The Monthly Book for June 2013 is Night Games by Anna Krien, a trenchant and controversial exploration of sex, power and sport. Join the Monthly Book’s Ramona Koval in conversation with Anna Krien, as they discuss the dilemmas Krien faced in writing the book, the moral grey area she is attempting to map
The Monthly Book for May 2013 is The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond. Diamond is an American scientist and author of The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse. Diamond marshals examples from many anthropological studies of small-scale societies and larger sociological studies
The Monthly Book for May 2013 is The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond. Diamond is an American scientist and author of The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse. Diamond marshals examples from many anthropological studies of small-scale societies and
How not to fix the health care system
By Nicole Krzys
In recent times, the Middle East has seen many tensions arising from the struggles for democracy. Professor Ghassan Hage nominates "de-cosmopolitanisation" as one of the most profound changes in global democratic culture.
Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of Melbourne Law School, looks at religious vilification laws and provisions that exempt religions from usual non-discrimination laws, to explore how democracies are both challenged and reinforced by religious diversity.
Cartoon showing man fighting cactus
In central Victoria, locals are taking up arms against the invading wheel cactus
By John van Tiggelen
Does medical screening do more harm than good?
By Karen Hitchcock
Truth, fiction and psychotherapy
By JM Coetzee & Arabella Kurtz
JMC “The stories we tell about ourselves may not be true, but they are all we have.” I am interested in our relations with these stories we tell about ourselves, stories that may or may not be true. Let me select three cases. (a) I have a story about myself which I sincerely believe to be true, in fact which
A young boy holding two dead possums at a trappers camp in the Blackall district, Queensland, 1908
From stick insects to swagmen in Don Watson’s ‘The Bush’
By John Hirst
At home with Rosie Batty
By Helen Garner
Warren Entsch at the Coming of the Light festival on Thursday Island, July 2013. © Aaron Smith
A trip through the Torres Strait to see the Coming of the Light festival
By Thornton McCamish

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