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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? How might we understand what can be reasonably expected in the first year of a new government, and does this one measure up? From the recent budget, to AUKUS, to climate policy, to an Indigenous voice to parliament… Policy, politics and rhetoric are all on the table.

Elsewhere in the June issue, federal independent MP Monique Ryan considers the outcomes of the parliamentary committee into long COVID, Margaret Simons travels to Taiwan to better understand how tensions there might shape Australian foreign policy, and Mark McKenna stands for the coronation of King Charles III and explores the relationship between the monarchy, our constitution and an Indigenous voice.

What’s more, Helen Garner, Tim Winton and Cate Kennedy – beloved fixtures of The Monthly and our culture at large – bring a literary eye to who we are and why it matters.