The Monthly August issue 2022
As winter drags on and the rain continues to fall, eyes are not just on the skies but also on parts of the country that are still recovering from the last one-in-100-years event. When the floodwaters subside, when the decisions are made about whether to rebuild or rethink, we can be too often guilty of looking away and thinking the story is done. For the August issue of The Monthly, John van Tiggelen takes us to Lismore: to the human toll and the logistical quandaries of seeking higher ground in a time of climate crisis.
Good journalism renders familiar stories urgent, makes us understand them through a different lens. The US Supreme Court unpicking Roe v Wade might be met locally with the confidence that, on abortion, Australia’s position is more secure. But, as Sarah Krasnostein outlines in her essay, the gulf between legislative framework and lived experience in reproductive rights demands we resist complacency. And, 20 years on from the Bali bombing, not only is the story not finished, but some of the legal processes are as tangled in war-on-terror complexities as ever. Bronwyn Adcock talks us through the interminable fate of Hambali.
And if it’s long views you’re after, there are few that are longer than that afforded this month by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, as explained by Paul Davies. We also present a personal tribute to the late Frank Moorhouse by Fiona Giles, and more besides.
The Monthly July issue 2022
The recent federal election result upended Australian politics, and the July issue weighs up the implications. Don Watson looks at the challenging road ahead for the new government. George Megalogenis writes about the future of the Liberal party. And in the broad level of support for climate action Rebecca Huntley sees a way to end the climate wars. (Not so fast, writes Royce Kurmelovs, after attending the fossil-fuel industry’s annual conference.)
Elsewhere in this issue, Josh Bornstein writes about the state of the ABC after years of cuts and political pressure; Jenny Valentish learns firsthand how easy it is to acquire banned sports supplements; and Nam Le presents a new poem from his acclaimed “Melbourne” series. We visit the Venice Biennale, the bold architecture of Bundanon, and a new solo exhibition at AGNSW. Plus books, film and more.
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The Monthly June issue 2022
Following the 2022 federal election, The Monthly June issue features in-depth analysis of the result. Richard Denniss looks at the major swings and political shifts, and Lech Blaine writes about the colour and drama of the campaign trail, and the performances of candidates and leaders in key electorates.
The Monthly May issue 2022
It was billed as the trial of the century: Northern Territory police officer Zachary Rolfe was charged over the killing of young Indigenous man Kumanjayi Walker. Anna Krien was at Rolfe’s trial, and her report for the May issue of The Monthly includes stunning new revelations about events leading up to the tragic killing.
The Monthly April issue 2022
There’s a new wave of independent candidates and they threaten to upend Australian federal politics. Margaret Simons meets the most prominent of them, and surveys their policies and prospects for the upcoming election.
The Monthly March issue 2022
One of Australia’s most acclaimed longform journalists, Chloe Hooper, profiles one of Australia’s most intriguing and controversial politicians, Senator Jacqui Lambie. In the lead-up to the federal election, we survey Australia’s overheated real estate market and examine the litany of COVID-related government failures in the aged-care sector.
The Monthly February issue 2022
Kicking off the election year, acclaimed international correspondent Nick Bryant profiles the man who would be Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese. Former senator Scott Ludlam lifts the lid on the insidious networks that over-influence our politics, Gina Rushton writes a remarkable account of the prosecution of a serial sexual abuser on Sydney’s rail network, and Monthly editor Nick Feik catalogues the Morrison government’s failures to prepare Australia for the latest COVID outbreak. Elizabeth Finkel describes one Australian response to the pandemic that has gone right.
The Monthly summer issue 2021
The bumper December–January issue has a whole summer’s worth of terrific reading. It features Paul Kelly’s ode to Christmas music, Rebecca Huntley on the cultural power of the carbon lobby, Megan Davis on truth-telling, Noel Pearson on neoliberalism, Osman Faruqi on Australian pop sensation The Kid Laroi, new essays by historians Alan Atkinson and Mark McKenna, and a great spy story by Harry Windsor. Bronwyn Adcock profiles independent MP Helen Haines, and we publish new poetry by Nam Le, cover the blockbusters Dune and No Time To Die, and review books by Jonathan Franzen and Gerald Murnane, plus much more.
The Monthly November issue 2021
With half the nation still in lockdown, Richard Denniss investigates where the national vaccine rollout went so wrong. Gina Rushton sees the effects of the economic...
The Monthly October issue 2021
The fall of Kabul signalled not just the sorry end of the US-lead war in Afghanistan but also the ultimate failure of the War on Terror...
The Monthly September issue 2021
Waleed Aly reflects on the impact of the pandemic on our politics, and its sidelining of every other issue...
The Monthly August issue 2021
James Bradley explores the fascinating and highly promising use of psychedelic drugs in treating complex...
The Monthly July issue 2021
Acclaimed author Richard Flanagan delivers a powerful new essay on free speech and why he writes...
The Monthly June issue 2021
Following the budget, Richard Denniss puts a gender lens on the government’s new funding measures, and wonders...