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Quarterly Essay 58: Blood Year - Terror and the Islamic State

Quarterly Essay 58: Blood Year - Terror and the Islamic State

David Kilcullen

Last year was a 'blood year' in the Middle East - massacres and beheadings, fallen cities, collapsed and collapsing states, the unravelling of a decade of Western strategy. We saw the rise of ISIS, the splintering of government in...

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Quarterly Essay 57: Dear Life - On Caring for the Elderly

Quarterly Essay 57: Dear Life - On Caring for the Elderly

Karen Hitchcock

In this moving and controversial Quarterly Essay, doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock investigates the treatment of the elderly and dying through some unforgettable cases. With honesty and deep experience, she looks at end-of-life...

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Clivosaurus: The Politics of Clive Palmer: Quarterly Essay 56

Clivosaurus: The Politics of Clive Palmer: Quarterly Essay 56

Guy Rundle

In Clivosaurus, Guy Rundle observes Palmer close up, examining his rise to prominence, his beliefs, his deals and his politics - not to mention his poetry. Rundle shows that neither the government nor the media have been able to...

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A Rightful Place: Race, Recognition and a More Complete Commonwealth

A Rightful Place: Race, Recognition and a More Complete Commonwealth

Pearson Noel

Over the next two years, Australians will decide if and how Aboriginal people will be recognised in the Constitution. Professor Greg Craven writes: 'We have a committed Prime Minister, and a committed opposition. We have a...

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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

Toohey Paul

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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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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 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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Not Dead Yet: Labor's Post-Left Future: Quarterly Essay 49

Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-Left Future: Quarterly Essay 49

Latham Mark

'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:QuarterlyEssay 46

Great Expectations:Government, Entitlement and an Angry Nation:QuarterlyEssay 46

Tingle Laura

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

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Us & Them: On the Importance of Animals: Quarterly Essay 45

Us & Them: On the Importance of Animals: Quarterly Essay 45

Krien Anna

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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Great Expectations:

Great Expectations:

Crawford, Louise, Tingle, Laura

Rather than relaxed and comfortable, Australians are disenchanted with politics and politicians. In this brilliant short book - an expanded and updated version of her acclaimed Quarterly Essay - Laura Tingle shows that the...

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Man-made World: Choosing Between Progress and Planet

Man-made World: Choosing Between Progress and Planet

Andrew Charlton

Across the globe, economists and environmentalists vie over who has the right response to climate change, population or food security issues. In this groundbreaking essay Charlton argues that our descendants will only thank us if...

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Bad News: Murdoch's Australian and the Shaping of the Nation

Bad News: Murdoch’s Australian and the Shaping of the Nation

Robert Manne

In the third Quarterly Essay for 2011, Robert Manne investigates the forces that shape public debate in Australia. When it comes to key issues for the nation, who sets the media agenda and how do they do it?

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Fair Share: Country and City in Australia: Quarterly Essay 42

Fair Share: Country and City in Australia: Quarterly Essay 42

Brett Judith

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: Quarterly Essay 47

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott: Quarterly Essay 47

Marr David

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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Happy Life: The Search of Contentment in the Modern World: QuarterlyEssay 41 The

Happy Life: The Search of Contentment in the Modern World: QuarterlyEssay 41 The

Malouf, David

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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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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Power Shift: Australia's Future Between Washington and Beijing:QuarterlyEssay 39

Power Shift: Australia’s Future Between Washington and Beijing:QuarterlyEssay 39

White Hugh

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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What's Right? The Future of Conservatism in Australia:Quarterly Essay 37

What’s Right? The Future of Conservatism in Australia:Quarterly Essay 37

Aly Waleed

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...

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Australian Story: Kevin Rudd and the Lucky Country: Quarterly Essay 36

Australian Story: Kevin Rudd and the Lucky Country: Quarterly Essay 36

MacCallum Mungo

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: Quarterly  Essay 34

Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull: Quarterly Essay 34

Crabb Annabel

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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Quarry Vision: Coal, Climate Change and the End of the Resources Boom:  Quarterly Essay 33

Quarry Vision: Coal, Climate Change and the End of the Resources Boom: Quarterly Essay 33

Pearse, Guy

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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American Revolution:The Fall of Wall Street and the Rise of Barack Obama:Quarterly Essay 32

American Revolution:The Fall of Wall Street and the Rise of Barack Obama:Quarterly Essay 32

Jennings, Kate

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? Quarterly Essay 31

Now or Never: A Sustainable Future for Australia? Quarterly Essay 31

Flannery Tim

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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 Read reviewLast Drinks: The Impact of the Northern Territory Intervention:QuarterlyEssay 30

Last Drinks: The Impact of the Northern Territory Intervention:QuarterlyEssay 30

Toohey

In this riveting piece of reportage and analysis, Toohey examines the wholesale attempt to change an entrenched way of life. He takes a perceptive, at time humorous, look at the encounter between outsiders, doctors, police,...

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Love and Money: The Family and the Free Market: Quarterly Essay 29

Love and Money: The Family and the Free Market: Quarterly Essay 29

Manne Anne

The author looks at the challenge of balancing love and economics, and the value our society places on both. Examining how paid work has become 'sacred' for many, she argues that any true definition of equality has to take into...

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Exit Right: The Unravelling of John Howard: Quarterly Essay 28

Exit Right: The Unravelling of John Howard: Quarterly Essay 28

Brett Judith

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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Reaction Time: Climate Change and the Nuclear Option: Quarterly Essay 27

Reaction Time: Climate Change and the Nuclear Option: Quarterly Essay 27

Lowe, Ian

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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His Master's Voice:The Corruption of Public Debate Under Howard: Quarterly Essay 26

His Master’s Voice:The Corruption of Public Debate Under Howard: Quarterly Essay 26

Marr David

John Howard has the loudest voice in Australia. He has cowed his critis, muffled the press, intimidated the ABC, gagged scientists, silenced NGOs, censored the arts, prosecutred leakers, criminalised protest and shut down...

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Bipolar Nation: How to Win the 2007 Election: Quarterly Essay 25

Bipolar Nation: How to Win the 2007 Election: Quarterly Essay 25

Hartcher Peter

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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What's Right?

What’s Right?

Aly, Waleed

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...

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Australian Story: Kevin Rudd and the Lucky Country

Australian Story: Kevin Rudd and the Lucky Country

Mungo MacCallum

Mungo MacCallum investigates political leadership in Australia, past and present. This is a characteristically barbed and perceptive look at the challenges facing the Rudd government and Australia. MacCallum argues that the things...

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No Fixed Address: Nomads and the Fate of the Planet

No Fixed Address: Nomads and the Fate of the Planet

Robyn Davidson

In this scholarly, yet passionate essay the author explores the paradoxes and strengths of nomadism, in both its traditional and modern forms.

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History Question: Who Owns the Past?

History Question: Who Owns the Past?

Inga Clendinnen

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...

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Voting for Jesus: The Christian Revival in Australia

Voting for Jesus: The Christian Revival in Australia

Amanda Lohrey

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,...

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Radical Hope: Education and Equality in Australia: Quarterly Essay 35

Radical Hope: Education and Equality in Australia: Quarterly Essay 35

Pearson Noel

Noel Pearson argues that nothing is more crucial to future success than a proper education, and that too many in our society are being left behind. He also looks critically at some of the most difficult and controversial issues....

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What's Left?: The Death of Social Democracy: Quarterly Essay 21

What’s Left?: The Death of Social Democracy: Quarterly Essay 21

Hamilton Clive

According to the author, we need a completely new politics built on the world as we find it. In his provocative new essay, he throws out a challenge to the party of social democracy, the Labour Party - to both its true believers...

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Time For War: The Rebirth of Australia's Military Culture: Quarterly  Essay 20 A

Time For War: The Rebirth of Australia’s Military Culture: Quarterly Essay 20 A

Birmingham John

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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Relaxed & Comfortable:The Liberal Party's Australia: Quarterly Essays 19

Relaxed & Comfortable:The Liberal Party’s Australia: Quarterly Essays 19

Brett Judith

Australians are relaxed and comfortable with the Liberal Party. What is the party doing right? What is its core appeal to Australian voters? Has John Howard made a dramatic break with the past, or is he simply our robert Menzies?

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Worried Well:The Depression Epidemic & Medicalisation of Our SorrowsQuarterly Essay 18 The

Worried Well:The Depression Epidemic & Medicalisation of Our SorrowsQuarterly Essay 18 The

Bell Gail

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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Kangaroo Court: Family Law Court In Australia: Quarterly Essay 17

Kangaroo Court: Family Law Court In Australia: Quarterly Essay 17

Hirst John

The Family Court was a progressive reform of the 1970s. Now it is the most hated institution in Australia. What went wrong? This is a searching critique of its failures and injustices, supported by accounts of those who have...

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Latham's World: The New Politics of the Outsiders: Quarterly Essay 15

Latham’s World: The New Politics of the Outsiders: Quarterly Essay 15

Simons, Margaret

In the third Quarterly Essay of 2004, Margaret Simons takes a long hard look at Mark Latham, the self-proclaimed 'club buster' and the man who would be prime minister. Few doubt Latham's intelligence and ambition, but what will...

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Mission Impossible: The Sheikhs, the US & the Future of Iraq: Quarterly Essay 14

Mission Impossible: The Sheikhs, the US & the Future of Iraq: Quarterly Essay 14

McGeough Paul

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.

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Sending Them Home

Sending Them Home

R. Manne

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...

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Quarterly Essay 12

Quarterly Essay 12

David Malouf

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...

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Bad Company: The Cult of the CEO: Quarterly Essay 10

Bad Company: The Cult of the CEO: Quarterly Essay 10

Haigh, Gideon

In the second Quarterly Essay of 2003, Gideon Haigh scrutinises the way we have turned CEOs into tin gods. Is moral outrage the appropriate response to the collapses of Enron or HIH or are we all implicated in a crazy system?...

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Beautiful Lies: Population & Environment in Australia: Quarterly Essay 9

Beautiful Lies: Population & Environment in Australia: Quarterly Essay 9

Flannery Tim

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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Groundswell: The Rise of the Greens: Quarterly Essay 8

Groundswell: The Rise of the Greens: Quarterly Essay 8

Lohrey, Amanda

The last federal election saw a massive rise in support for the Greens. They doubled their primary vote and scored over $1.4 million in public funding. In a political era when the two major parties are so similar, the time is ripe...

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Paradise Betrayed: West Papua's Struggle for Independence: Quarterly    Essay 7

Paradise Betrayed: West Papua’s Struggle for Independence: Quarterly Essay 7

Martinkus John

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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Beyond Belief: What Future for Labor?

Beyond Belief: What Future for Labor?

John Button

The latest in this successful series of current political essays. John Button reveals the workings of the Labor Party today, its successes and failures and where it is heading. Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2003.

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Girt By Sea: Australia, Refugees and the Politics of Fear: Quarterly    Essay 5

Girt By Sea: Australia, Refugees and the Politics of Fear: Quarterly Essay 5

MacCallum Mungo

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...

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Rabbit Syndrome: Australia & America: Quarterly Essay 4

Rabbit Syndrome: Australia & America: Quarterly Essay 4

Watson Don

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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Appeasing Jakarta: Australia's Complicity in the East: Quarterly Essay 2

Appeasing Jakarta: Australia’s Complicity in the East: Quarterly Essay 2

Birmingham John

John Birmingham critically examines the Australia-Indonesia relationship. This essay is a controversial account of how the Australian Government's relation to Indonesia is characterised by delusion and misjudgment.

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 Special priceBreach of Trust: Truth, Morality & Politics: Quarterly Essay 16

Breach of Trust: Truth, Morality & Politics: Quarterly Essay 16

Gaita Raimond

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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The Opportunist: John Howard and the Triumph of Reaction: John Howard and the Triumph of Reaction (Quarterly Essay, 3)

The Opportunist: John Howard and the Triumph of Reaction: John Howard and the Triumph of Reaction (Quarterly Essay, 3)

Guy Rundle

What have the Howard years meant for Australia? In this third election issue of Quarterly Essay, Guy Rundle answers this question and looks ahead to the type of government that will be right for Australia.

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