Richard Cooke
is a contributing editor to The Monthly, and the Mumbrella Publish Award Columnist of the Year.

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Opinion September 09, 2017

Australia chases America’s decline

“Now the once-mighty bald eagle of American power is barely hanging onto its perch. You might think this de-soaring would provoke some quietude, or at least acknowledgement that building schools in Kabul instead of Kansas hasn’t turned out very well. …”

Opinion August 19, 2017

Rewarding the politics of failure

“Fired, ousted, ineligible or disgraced, our politicians keep showing up to work anyway, George Costanza-style, barrowing doomed legislation and talking points that expired a decade ago. The Turnbull government has failed. If recent history is a guide, …”

Sport August 12, 2017

Trading options: Paige Hadley, 24, netballer

Australian Diamonds and NSW Swifts centre courter Paige Hadley on the roller-coaster ride of injuries and World Cup wins.

Sport August 05, 2017

Setting goals: Jayden Warn, 23, wheelchair rugby player

Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Jayden Warn on the sporting passion that grew out of adversity.

Sport July 29, 2017

Moore experience: Stephen Moore, 34, rugby player

Fresh from standing down as Wallabies captain, Stephen Moore talks about the importance of experience and a balanced life off the rugby field.

Opinion July 22, 2017

Comments and the discourse of distraction

“You can advocate letting obese diabetics die from their disease, or float the end of universal suffrage, or write about Africans being cannibals who don’t understand cities – if you’re Elizabeth Farrelly, you can do all three – but so long as …”

Sport July 22, 2017

Top of the table: Matthew Bolton, 38, billiards and snooker player

2017 Oceania snooker champion and two-times runner-up world champion Matthew Bolton on chasing the Australian billiards record.

Sport July 15, 2017

Her own league: Maddie Studdon, 22, rugby league player

Australian Jillaroo and NRL All Star Maddie Studdon on training and playing between shifts as a stevedore.

Sport July 08, 2017

World of pain: Robert Whittaker, 26, mixed martial artist

Mixed martial artist Robert Whittaker on why working out how to beat an opponent is a thrilling adrenalin rush.