That Sinking Feeling: Quarterly Essay 53
In Quarterly Essay 53, Paul Toohey looks at one of Tony Abbott's signature promises: to stop the boats. Has his government succeeded? If so, at what cost?
Found in Translation: In praise of a plural world
Whether we're aware of it or not, we spend much of our time in this globalised world in the act of translation. Language is a big part of it, of course, as anyone who has fumbled with a phrasebook in a foreign country will know,...
Quarterly Essay 50 Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny
In the fiftieth Quarterly Essay, Anna Goldsworthy examines life for women after the gains made by feminism. From Facebook to 50 Shades of Grey, from Girls to gonzo porn, what are young women being told...
Quarterly Essay 51 The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell
In Quarterly Essay 51, David Marr investigates the character and actions of Cardinal George Pell: how does he wield his authority? How did he rise to prominence? How has he handled abuse claims in the past? What is the source of...
Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-Left Future
'During the term of the Rudd and Gillard governments, criticism of the Labor Party became a national pastime.' So writes Mark Latham, a one-time leader of the party and still its most perceptive - and fiercest - critic. In...
Great Expectations: Government, Entitlement and an Angry Nation
Respected journalist Laura Tingle writes on politics, affluence and an angry nation.
Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott
Quarterly Essay is a trailblazing Australian journal of politics and culture. Each issue contains a single essay written at a length of about 25,000 words, followed by correspondence on previous essays.
What’s Right?: The Future of Conservatism in Australia
What did George W. Bush and John Howard do to conservatism? In their wake, the conservative parties in the US and Australia seem to have lost their way. How did the Right in Australia end up in this place? How might it renew...
Kevin Rudd and the Lucky Country
Mungo MacCallum investigates political leadership in Australia, past and present. This is a barbed and perceptive look at the challenges facing the Rudd government and Australia. MacCallum argues that the things we used to rely on...
Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull
Malcolm Turnbull has quite a job ahead of him as leader of the Liberal Party. How is he going so far? What can we expect in the years ahead? This is a scintillating look at Turnbull and the Liberals in opposition. It is based on...
Now or Never: A Sustainable Future for Australia?
Professor Tim Flannery investigates the latest climate science and the challenges facing Australia and the world. He looks at what the Rudd government needs to do if the nation is to play its part in averting a global...
Exit Right: The Unravelling of John Howard
In Exit Right, Judith Brett explains why the tide turned on John Howard. This is an essay about leadership, in particular Howard's style of strong leadership which led him to dominate his party with such ultimately catastrophic...
Reaction Time: Climate Change and the Nuclear Option
Australia is at a crossroads: do we need to embrace a nuclear future? In Reaction Time, Ian Lowe examines the science and the politics of nuclear power, as well as the feasible alternatives in an era of global warming.
History Question: Who Owns the Past?
Looks past the skirmishes and pitched battles of the history wars, and asks what's at stake, what kind of history do we want and need? The author discusses what good history looks like and, more specifically, what good Australian...
Voting for Jesus: The Christian Revival in Australia
Explores the world of evangelical Christianity. It also looks at the use and abuse of religion in party politics. Analysing the success of Family First, Lohrey argues that Christians have far less influence than they would like,...
A Time for War: Australia as a Military Power
Bestselling author John Birmingham delves into our new military myths. Why has Anzac Day returned and Vietnam faded? Why do we love war stories again? What does this mean for the troops on the ground?
The Worried Well
What role do drug companies play in the current culture of anti- depressants? This essay is about the widely acknowledged over-prescription of drugs in Australia. It investigates how prescription culture actually operates, and...
Latham’s World: The New Politics of the Outsiders
An election is impending. How well do we know Mark Latham, the
leader of the ALP who would be the next prime minister? Margaret
Simons, one of Australias foremost political journalists, delves
into the heart and head of Mark...
Quarterly Essay: Mission Impossible - The Sheikhs, the U.S. and the Future of Iraq
In this second Quarterly Essay of 2004 Paul McGeough offers a dramatic account of why Iraq remains in chaos despite desperate American efforts to create a model democracy in the Middle East.
Sending Them Home
This is a groundbreaking and dramatic account of a transformation with global consequences. As other Western nations come to adopt similarly harsh measures, this account will serve as a prophetic evocation and analysis of the...
Quarterly Essay 12
Australia's British inheritance is a paradox that has preoccupied much of Malouf's fiction, and now it gives rise to a brilliant essay exploring Australia's connection with our one-time 'mother-country'. Malouf ponders the...
Beautiful Lies: Australia’s Population and Environmental Sustainability
Flannery ignites the population debate and asks how many people Australia can really support. He argues that there is no conflict between maintaining the highest standard of human rights and achieving an environmentally...
Paradise Betrayed: West Papua’s Struggle for Independence
West Papua is today the site of a covert and brutal struggle. Investigative reporter John Martinkus has just returned from the region, where he has spoken to guerillas and Indonesian officers, politicians and ordinary people. His...
Girt by Sea: Australia, the Refugees and the Politics of Fear: Girt by Sea: the Refugees and the Politics of Fear
No issue has so divided Australians recently as how to handle the arrival on our shores of asylum seekers. This controversial account of Australia's treatment of refugees by legandary political journalist, Mungo MacCallum, looks...
Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America
In a dark, brooding, moody essay, Don Watson plays on the paradoxes of Australia's feeling about America and offers a scathing view of an Australian culture that is asking to be engulfed by its great and powerful friend because...
In Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right
Attacks the right-wing campaign against the 'Bringing Them Home' report which revealed how thousands of Aborigines had been taken from their parents.
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