The Monthly March issue 2024
Our cover story for The Monthly’s March issue, courtesy of Martin McKenzie-Murray, is a profile of the new ABC chair, Kim Williams. With the ABC facing both internal and external headwinds, is Williams the right man for the job of protecting and strengthening the national broadcaster?
And Jonathan Green considers the ABC’s charter, and what the role of the public broadcaster is in 2024: who is it for, how should it work, and why does it matter?
Anna Krien speaks to the authors of a new study into the impact of misogynist Andrew Tate in Australian schools, Richard Denniss expands on his recent National Press Club speech with his thoughts on taxation and the incontrovertible existence of Norway, and Steve Dow takes us on a tour of his home electorate of Dunkley ahead of the byelection.
We have an essay from psychologist Justine McGill considering the role Kathleen Folbigg’s diaries played in her recently overturned wrongful conviction, exploring ideas of guilt, shame and grief in powerful ways.
Celebrated author Kris Kneen shares their experience of finding their voice – quite literally – after becoming non-binary, and what that process meant for their sense of self.
And in the Arts & Letters pages, Harry Windsor speaks to Oscar-nominated Australian screenwriter Tony McNamara, David Neustein considers the architectural achievement of Parramatta’s new public pool, and Susan Johnson heads to the Gold Coast to visit David Malouf for his 90th birthday.
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The Monthly February issue 2024
The February issue is kicking the year off in style – just as 2023 began with the federal treasurer setting the economic agenda, 2024 will open with an essay from the attorney-general, Mark Dreyfus, articulating a vision for restoring government integrity.
The Monthly December 2023 — January 2024 issue
Our annual bumper Summer Reading issue is here to see you through December and January in a wide variety of thoughtful, surprising and entertaining ways.
The Monthly November issue 2023
The November issue of The Monthly hits newsstands today, and it’s packed with essays taking stock of where Australia finds itself as 2023 winds down.
In the aftermath of the Voice referendum, Daniel James and Don Watson traverse the result with two searing works of commentary.
The Monthly October issue 2023
October brings The Monthly’s annual Culture issue, celebrating and interrogating the best in arts and culture for today. It’s also a special edition that – on the eve of the referendum for the Voice to Parliament – pins our colours to the mast and shouts “Yes” from the first page.
The Monthly September issue 2023
This September, The Monthly is looking at the past for lessons, and to the future with trepidation. For the cover essay Joëlle Gergis presents grim prognostications about the upcoming summer, while George Megalogenis reads the tea-leaves on the Voice referendum, Shane Danielsen makes sense of the rise of AI on our screens, and Jackson Ryan investigates how one university has dealt with allegations of research misconduct.
The Monthly August issue 2023
The August issue of The Monthly is here, with multiple questions occupying its writers around the function and disfunction of our major institutions. Judith Brett, one of the country’s most astute observers of politics and Australian public life, delivers a cover story that unpacks the whole sordid PwC affair, and what it tells us about the outsourcing of government, of responsibility and of character. There’s also a major essay from Claire Connelly about what we need next from the Reserve Bank of Australia, and how reducing its level of influence in economic policy may be a damaging miscalculation.
The Monthly July issue 2023
At the heart of the July issue of The Monthly is two major essays on the voice to parliament. Patrick Dodson, the Grandfather of Reconciliation, shares his account of a life’s work fighting for recognition and justice leading up to the referendum later this year. It’s a singular, powerful treatise on why the nation needs to vote “Yes” to move forward. And Richard Flanagan, one of our finest novelists, explores why the symbolism of the vote – often cited as a sign of its inconsequential nature – is vitally important for being able to tell authentic, meaningful stories about who we are as a country. The pair of essays make this edition of the magazine essential reading.
The Monthly June issue 2023
The June issue of The Monthly marks the magazine’s 200th edition, exemplifying why the nation’s only magazine dedicated to politics, society and culture has become an indispensable part of our conversation and our landscape.
Its lead essay is by Sean Kelly, who turns his analytical eye to the Albanese government's first year in office. In the words of Paul Keating back in 1996, “When you change the government, you change the country,” but has Labor’s return to power been matched by the shift that it promised?
The Monthly May issue 2023
The May issue of The Monthly features a magnificent piece of writing: long-form journalism at its very best. Sarah Krasnostein turns her considerable skills to unfurling the story of Gareth, Nathaniel and Stacey Train, and the circumstances and beliefs that led them to kill two police officers, a neighbour, and ultimately themselves on their property in Wieambilla, Queensland late last year.
The Monthly April issue 2023
The April issue of The Monthly takes in questions of local activity and the global arena: from politics, to business, to climate justice and beyond.
One of our finest analysts of geopolitics and foreign affairs, Hugh White, considers the challenges facing Foreign Minister Penny Wong in her portfolio, and what the AUKUS agreement means for our relationships in the region and beyond. It’s a measured, insightful and urgent analysis of where Wong is coming from and where she might go next.
The Monthly March issue 2023
There’s something about the criminally dishonest – scammers, grifters and con-artists – that makes for irresistible storytelling: the how, what, why of it all is endlessly fascinating. And the March issue of The Monthly is underpinned by three major essays that tease out some truly wild hustles and lies of recent Australian political and cultural life.
The Monthly February issue 2023
The Monthly kicks off 2023 with a February issue that sets the agenda for the year ahead: our cover story, as the nation grapples with rising cost of living and economic uncertainty, is from the federal treasurer, Jim Chalmers. Laying out the challenges facing us – to our economy, our society and our environment – Chalmers argues for the place of values and optimism in how we might rethink capitalism itself. It’s a major essay and one that offers singular insights into how our government is regarding the road ahead.
The Monthly December 2022 — January 2023 issue
The most reliable indulgence over December/January – if the cricket is rained out, or the Boxing Day sales full of COVID coughs – is the extra reading time. And our annual Summer Reading double issue will get you through those long La Niña afternoons down at the beach. This year’s is an absolute bumper.
The Monthly November issue 2022
The Monthly’s November issue shows the magazine at its very best: a heady mix of considered long-form journalism, incisive political commentary and essential cultural analysis.
In an exclusive interview for the magazine, Malcolm Knox spoke with Opposition Leader Peter Dutton, asking why a man whose key political attribute is consistency is attempting to make over his image.
The Monthly October issue 2022
This October, The Monthly’s traditional Culture Issue is back, and between the pressures of COVID cancellations and locked-down audiences and a change of federal government heralding promises of significant new arts policy, there’s much to discuss from across our creative sectors.
As they head to Oslo to accept the prestigious International Ibsen Award — theatre’s Nobel Prize — Geelong-based Back to Back Theatre are arguably Australia’s greatest cultural export. Alison Croggon joins them on the journey.
The Monthly September issue 2022
The 47th parliament is well and truly under way, and it’s already possible to see key parts of the new government’s agenda taking shape. The Monthly’s September issue has a can’t-miss profile of the newly minted Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek, written by the incomparable Chloe Hooper. Plibersek is one of the most recognisable members of the new government, so what does her new posting say about how the battle for our climate-ravaged country might play out.
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.
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.)
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.