Quarterly Essay

Dragon's Tail: The Lucky Country After the China Boom

Dragon’s Tail: The Lucky Country After the China Boom

Andrew Charlton

In this timely Quarterly Essay, Andrew Charlton demolishes some myths about Australia's long boom. Around 2000 Australia's economy became tied to the supercharged rise of China. We had the good fortune to have exactly the...

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That Sinking Feeling: Quarterly Essay 53

That Sinking Feeling: Quarterly Essay 53

Paul Toohey

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?

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Found in Translation: In praise of a plural world

Found in Translation: In praise of a plural world

Linda Jaivin

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,...

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 Read reviewQuarterly Essay 50 Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny

Quarterly Essay 50 Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny

Anna Goldsworthy

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...

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Quarterly Essay 51 The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell

Quarterly Essay 51 The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell

David Marr

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...

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Not Dead Yet: Labor's Post-Left Future

Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-Left Future

Mark Latham

'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...

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Great Expectations: Government, Entitlement and an Angry Nation

Great Expectations: Government, Entitlement and an Angry Nation

Laura Tingle

Respected journalist Laura Tingle writes on politics, affluence and an angry nation.

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Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals

Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals

Anna Krien

In this dazzling piece of reportage, Anna Krien investigates the contemporary animal kingdom and our place in it. From pets to food, from wildness to science experiments, Krien also reveals how animals are faring in this new world...

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Fair Share: Country and City in Australia

Fair Share: Country and City in Australia

Judith Brett

The Australian Settlement, as formulated by Paul Kelly, had a sixth pillar: a settlement between the city and the country in which the state compensated people living in the country for the costs of remoteness and sparse...

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 Read reviewPolitical Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott

David Marr

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.

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The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World

The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World

David Malouf

David Malouf returns to one of the most fundamental questions and gives it a modern twist: what makes for a happy life? With grace and profundity, Malouf explores new and old ways to talk about contentment and the self. In...

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Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era

Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era

George Megalogenis

In the aftermath of the 2010 election, Megalogenis considers what has happened to politics in Australia. He dissects the cycle of polls, focus groups and presidential politics and explores what it has done to the prospect of...

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China, America and Australia's Future in Asia

China, America and Australia’s Future in Asia

Hugh White

This essay considers Australia's place between China and the US. As the power balance shifts and China's influence grows, what might this mean for the nation? How to define the national interest in the Asian Century? It considers...

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 Read reviewPower Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd

Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd

David Marr

This irreverent, controversial account is a ground-breaking, in-depth profile that traces Rudd's years in Queensland, in China, in opposition and finally in government. Based on extensive research, observation and interviewing, it...

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Kevin Rudd and the Lucky Country

Kevin Rudd and the Lucky Country

Mungo MacCallum

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...

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Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull

Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull

Annabel Crabb

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...

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 Special priceQuarry Vision: Coal, Climate Change and the End of the Resources Boom

Quarry Vision: Coal, Climate Change and the End of the Resources Boom

Guy Pearse

This is an essay about 'quarry vision', the mindset that sees Australia's greatest asset as its mineral and energy resources, coal especially. How has this distorted our national politics and our response to climate change? What...

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 Special priceOn the US Election

On the US Election

Kate Jennings

Timed to come out immediately after the November 2008 election in the US, it offers a series of memorable snapshots of America in fascinating flux: Bush's last days in office; sub-prime meltdowns; markets, trust and community; the...

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Now or Never: A Sustainable Future for Australia?

Now or Never: A Sustainable Future for Australia?

Tim Flannery

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...

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 Special priceExit Right: The Unravelling of John Howard

Exit Right: The Unravelling of John Howard

Judith Brett

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...

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 Special priceReaction Time: Climate Change and the Nuclear Option

Reaction Time: Climate Change and the Nuclear Option

Ian Lowe

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.

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Bipolar Nation: How to Win the 2007 Election

Bipolar Nation: How to Win the 2007 Election

Peter Hartcher

This dazzling essay analyses today's bipolar nation , looks at the legacy of Paul Keating, and discusses how John Howard will set out to craft an election-winning strategy. It explains how the Lucky Country and the Frightened...

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 Special priceA Time for War: Australia as a Military Power

A Time for War: Australia as a Military Power

John Birmingham

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?

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 Special priceThe Worried Well

The Worried Well

Gail Bell

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...

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 Special priceLatham's World: The New Politics of the Outsiders

Latham’s World: The New Politics of the Outsiders

Margaret A. Simons

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...

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Beautiful Lies: Australia's Population and Environmental Sustainability

Beautiful Lies: Australia’s Population and Environmental Sustainability

Tim Flannery

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...

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Paradise Betrayed: West Papua's Struggle for Independence

Paradise Betrayed: West Papua’s Struggle for Independence

John Martinkus

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...

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Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America

Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America

Don Watson

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...

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Breach of Trust: The Price of Mendacity in Politics

Breach of Trust: The Price of Mendacity in Politics

Raimond Gaita

Many people are now dismayed by the relaxed attitude of governments here and abroad towards truth telling. In Australia, examples include WMD and Iraq, 'children overboard' and the Manildra affair. Deceitful 'spin' and denial of...

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In Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right

In Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right

Robert Manne

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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