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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.

In the wake of the latest dire prognosis of the IPCC, Jo Chandler takes the conversation around climate justice, wreck and repair to PNG, exploring three community-led projects that are aiming to address the challenges at hand. With the next COP summit shifting its focus to the Pacific, this major essay could hardly be more timely.

Bri Lee investigates the fallout from the collapse of Sydney-based fashion label Ellery in Australia four years ago, exploring the pain and loss experienced by the migrant workers who were unsecured creditors at the time of liquidation.

Also in the April issue, Rachel Withers debunks the political mandate myth, Richard King considers what might be the true cost of the advent of ChatGPT in education, and Tony Birch celebrates author Alexis Wright.