Dragon’s Tail: The Lucky Country After the China Boom
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...
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.
Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals
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...
Fair Share: Country and City in Australia
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...
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.
The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World
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...
Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era
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...
China, America and Australia’s Future in Asia
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...
Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd
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...
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...
Quarry Vision: Coal, Climate Change and the End of the Resources Boom
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...
On the US Election
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...
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.
Bipolar Nation: How to Win the 2007 Election
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...
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...
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...
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...
Breach of Trust: The Price of Mendacity in Politics
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...
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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