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The Monthly July issue 2021


Acclaimed author Richard Flanagan delivers a powerful new essay on free speech and why he writes. Margaret Simons digs into the government’s vaccine “stroll-out”, and the major political and economic implications of the consequent lockdowns. Paddy Manning writes about the newest chapter of the Murdoch empire: the business direction being forged by Lachlan Murdoch. And Michael Green and André Dao tell the story of Chinese migrant labourers caught up at a local abattoir whose exploitative work conditions are “worse than back home”.

Jock Serong writes about the controversial naming of the Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship. Historian James Boyce explores the fascinating debate over Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, and its veracity and cultural importance. And we cover the latest in books, film, music and TV, plus more.