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The Monthly August Issue


Malcolm Knox writes a gripping, blow-by-blow account of the Ruby Princess debacle, in which passengers from the cruise ship, many COVID-positive, were allowed to disembark without checks, causing Australia’s worst coronavirus outbreak.

Lech Blaine profiles the most controversial executive in Australian sport, Rugby League chairman Peter V’landys, and describes how the battle for sport-broadcasting rights has shaped the modern media.

Lesley Hughes tells the tale of barnstorming Australian poet, writer, publisher, suffragist and feminist Louisa Lawson, whom history only remembers as the mother of Henry Lawson.

Historian James Boyce writes about “Julian of Norwich”, the first woman known to have written a book in English. Anna Goldsworthy reviews The Precipice, Australian philosopher Toby Ord’s book about existential risk and the future of humanity. And there’s much more, including arts, music and film.