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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.