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Quarterly Essay 68: Without America - Australia in the New Asia

Quarterly Essay 68: Without America - Australia in the New Asia

Hugh White

America is fading, and China will soon be the dominant power in our region. What does this mean for Australia's future?

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Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 - Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 - Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Benjamin Law

Are Australian schools safe? And if they're not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

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Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia's Climate Deadlock

Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock

Anna Krien

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Extreme weather is becoming all too familiar. And the Coalition government is divided and paralysed.

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Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

David Marr

Most Australians despise what Pauline Hanson stands for, yet politics in this country is now orbiting around One Nation.

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Quarterly Essay 64: The Australian Dream - Blood, History and Becoming

Quarterly Essay 64: The Australian Dream - Blood, History and Becoming

Stan Grant

In a landmark essay, Stan Grant writes Indigenous people back into the economic and multicultural history of Australia. This is the fascinating story of how fringe dwellers fought not just to survive, but to prosper. Their legacy...

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Quarterly Essay 63: Enemy Within - American Politics in the Time of Trump

Quarterly Essay 63: Enemy Within - American Politics in the Time of Trump

Don Watson

In Enemy Within, Don Watson takes a memorable journey into the heart of the United States in the year 2016 - and the strangest election campaign that country has seen.

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Quarterly Essay 62: Firing Line - Australia's Path to War

Quarterly Essay 62: Firing Line - Australia’s Path to War

James Brown

Going to war may be the gravest decision a nation and its leaders make. At the moment, Australia is at war with ISIS. We also live in a region that has become much more volatile, as China asserts itself and America seeks to hold...

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Quarterly Essay 61: Balancing Act - Australia Between Recession and Renewal

Quarterly Essay 61: Balancing Act - Australia Between Recession and Renewal

George Megalogenis

Australia is in transition. Saying it is easy. The panic kicks in when we are compelled to describe what the future might look like. There is no complacent middle to aim at...

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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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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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Man-Made World: Choosing between Progress and Planet: Quarterly Essay 44

Man-Made World: Choosing between Progress and Planet: Quarterly Essay 44

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul 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

Anne Manne

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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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

David Marr

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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The History Question: Who Owns The Past?: Quarterly Essay 23

The History Question: Who Owns The Past?: Quarterly Essay 23

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

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

Clive Hamilton

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

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

John Hirst

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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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

Paul McGeough

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

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

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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Groundswell: The Rise of the Greens: Quarterly Essay 8

Groundswell: The Rise of the Greens: Quarterly Essay 8

Amanda Lohrey

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

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 & America: Quarterly Essay 4

Rabbit Syndrome: Australia & America: Quarterly Essay 4

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

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

John Birmingham

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

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

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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