An Auspol reading list for the election year

 Read reviewFrom Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting

Judith Brett

Lively and inspiring, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage is a landmark account of the character of Australian democracy by the celebrated historian Judith Brett, the prize-winning biographer of Alfred Deakin.  

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The Official Guide to the Election 2019: The Chaser Quarterly Issue 15

The Official Guide to the Election 2019: The Chaser Quarterly Issue 15

The Chaser

Move aside Antony Green. Get stuffed Chris Uhlmann. Think you know politics, Leigh Sales? With a Federal election due by May 2019, The Chaser provides a must-read guide to Australian politics, and how it works.

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Blackout

Blackout

Matthew Warren

Blackout charts the disintegration of Australia's energy security, calls out what is holding us back, and plots the way for a brighter future.

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Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Gabrielle Chan

A big story from a small town.Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. In Rusted Off, she looks to her own rural community's main street for answers to the big questions...

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Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics: The Hard Right in Australia

Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics: The Hard Right in Australia

Dominic Kelly

Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics is a case study in how some very determined people can change a political culture.  

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Quarterly Essay 73: Australia Fair - Listening to the Nation

Quarterly Essay 73: Australia Fair - Listening to the Nation

Rebecca Huntley

In this vivid, grounded essay, Rebecca Huntley looks at the state of the nation and asks: what does social-democratic Australia want, and why?

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Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities

Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities

Peter Seamer

In this timely critique of our nation's urban development and planning culture, Peter Seamer argues that vested interests often distort rational thinking on our cities. Looking to the future, he sets out cogent new strategies to...

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No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani.  

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The Colonial Fantasy: Why White Australia Can't Solve Black Problems

The Colonial Fantasy: Why White Australia Can’t Solve Black Problems

Sarah Maddison

A call for a radical restructuring of the relationship between black and white Australia.

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 Special price Read reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Stan Grant

As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.  

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No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia's Housing Crisis

No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis

Peter Mares

There's no doubt Australia is in the grip of housing crisis, and from hotly contested think pieces and intergenerational mud-slinging, to embattled episodes of Q&A and the much-maligned smashed avocado, it seems everyone has...

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The Mess We're In: How Our Politics Went to Hell and Dragged Us with It

The Mess We’re In: How Our Politics Went to Hell and Dragged Us with It

Bernard Keane

Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane explains capitalism, identity and why everything is awful

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The House: The Dramatic Story of the Sydney Opera House and the People Who Made It

The House: The Dramatic Story of the Sydney Opera House and the People Who Made It

Helen Pitt

The extraordinary story of the 20th century's most recognisable building, with new insights into the controversy and drama that surrounded its construction.

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 Read reviewThey Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention

They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention

Michael Green, Angelica Neville, André Dao, Dana Affleck, Sienna Merope

Revealing, moving and confronting accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention by those who've experienced it.

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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

Shireen Morris

The nation has unfinished business. After more than two centuries, can a rightful place be found for Australia's original peoples?

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The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)

The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)

Niki Savva

In the original edition of The Road to Ruin, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva revealed the ruinous behaviour of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta...

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 Read reviewGrowing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf

Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African...

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Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia's Refugee Policy

Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s Refugee Policy

Claire Higgins

In the late 1970s, 150,000 Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing war and oppression. This influx of people, and the way the Fraser government handled it, marked not only the real end of the...

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Well May We Say...The Speeches That Made Australia

Well May We Say…The Speeches That Made Australia

Sally Warhaft

Memorable speeches define a people and a place: they define a nation. It is impossible to imagine Australia's past without Peter Lalor's rallying cry at the Eureka Stockade or Ned Kelly's last words from the dock. Or to imagine...

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2062: The World that AI Made

2062: The World that AI Made

Toby Walsh

What does a world of smart machines actually look like? AI expert Toby Walsh predicts the state of work, war, politics, economics, everyday life and death in the not-too-distant future, when we will live with machines as...

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 Read reviewTalking To My Country

Talking To My Country

Stan Grant

An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity by one of Australia's leading journalists.

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Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Nathaniel Rich

The most urgent story of our times, brilliantly reframed, beautifully told: how we had the chance to stop climate change, and failed.

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The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

Judith Brett

Alfred Deakin-scholar, spiritualist, prime minister-was instrumental in creating modern Australia. In the first biography of Deakin in more than half a century, the acclaimed political historian Judith Brett deftly weaves together...

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On Disruption

On Disruption

Katharine Murphy

The internet has shaken the foundations of life- public and private lives are wrought by the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week news cycle that means no one is ever off duty. On Disruption is a report from the coalface of that change- what...

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Tiberius with a Telephone: The life and stories of William McMahon

Tiberius with a Telephone: The life and stories of William McMahon

Patrick Mullins

The oddly compelling story of a man regarded as Australia's worst prime minister.

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Shitstorm

Shitstorm

Lenore Taylor, David Uren

The inside story of the Rudd government's first term in office. It is a tenure that will be forever defined by the global financial crisis, or - to use the Prime Minster's term - the 'shitstorm' that engulfed the nation and the...

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 Read reviewPlease Explain

Please Explain

Anna Broinowski

After eighteen years in the political wilderness, Pauline Hanson is back and more powerful than ever. Please Explain is a compelling, intimate look at how an Ipswich fish and chip shop lady changed the nation - and how she speaks...

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The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

David Wallace-Wells

A cinematic, propulsive and frightening climate tour of our near future - coming much faster than you think.

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Recollections Of A Bleeding Heart 10th Anniversary Edition

Recollections Of A Bleeding Heart 10th Anniversary Edition

Don Watson

The long awaited authorised biography of Paul Keating's four years as Australia's Prime Minister. Written by his speech writer, this book is based on notes made during his term of office.

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The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times

The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times

George Megalogenis

With new material reflecting on the changed state of the nation, the paperback edition of the Walkley Award-winning The Australian Moment by George Megalogenis, one of our most respected journalists, coincides with the TV series...

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 Read reviewThe Hate Race

The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke

'Maxine Beneba Clarke is a powerful and fearless storyteller...Clarke is the read deal, and will, if we're lucky, be an essential voice in world literature for years to come' - Dave Eggers, international bestselling author

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Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru

Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru

Madeline Gleeson

What has happened on Nauru and Manus since Australia began its most recent offshore processing regime in 2012? This essential book provides a comprehensive and uncompromising overview of the first three years of...

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Paul Keating: The Big-Picture Leader

Paul Keating: The Big-Picture Leader

Troy Bramston

This is the definitive biography of Australia's 24th prime minister.

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Rogue Nation

Rogue Nation

Royce Kurmelovs

This fascinating first-hand account of the phenomenon of One Nation, from within Canberra and outside it, will be compulsory reading for any Australian who cares about their vote.

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The Lucky Country: Popular Penguins

The Lucky Country: Popular Penguins

Donald Horne

First published in 1964, the book was a wake-up call to an unimaginative nation, an indictment of a country mired in mediocrity and manacled to its past. Valuable not only as a source of continuing truths and revealing snapshots...

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The Football Solution: How Richmond's premiership can save Australia

The Football Solution: How Richmond’s premiership can save Australia

George Megalogenis

In a characteristically sweeping and entertaining story, George Megalogenis reveals how football has been shaped by the nation that invented it and how the game we love, in turn, might help resolve Australia's political impasse.

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Quarterly Essay 70: Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

Quarterly Essay 70: Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

Richard Denniss

How did the big banks get away with so much for so long? Why are so many aged-care residents malnourished? And when did arms manufacturers start sponsoring the Australian War Memorial?In this passionate essay, Richard...

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Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader - Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader - Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

Laura Tingle

What has gone wrong with political leadership in Australia? And are things likely to change with a change of leader or government?In this crisp and timely essay, Laura Tingle examines political leadership in general -...

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Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia's Future

Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia’s Future

Mark McKenna

Australia is on the brink of momentous change, but only if its citizens and politicians can come to new terms with the past. Indigenous recognition and a new push for a republic await action.

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Quarterly Essay 74: Erik Jensen on the Reckoning -- Election 2019

Quarterly Essay 74: Erik Jensen on the Reckoning – Election 2019

Erik Jensen

A dazzling and insightful look at the forthcoming federal election, built from pen portraits and reports from the campaign trail.

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