The Howard Years edited by Robert Manne

by
March 2004, no. 259

The Howard Years edited by Robert Manne

Black Inc., $29.95 pb, 328 pp

The Howard Years edited by Robert Manne

by
March 2004, no. 259

Do John and Janette choke on their cereal at the name of Robert Manne as they breakfast in their harbourside home-away-from-home? They have every reason to do so. No single individual has provided so comprehensive a challenge to Howard and his ideological claque in the culture wars now raging in this nation. Manne was early to denounce Howard: for his soft-shoe shuffle with Pauline Hanson; for the inhumanity of the government’s approach to the boat people; for the shallow basis for our participation in the Second Iraq War. In the wider war, he wrote a savage critique of the right-wing cognoscenti who assailed Bringing Them Home, and he has rallied the troops to repel Keith Windschuttle’s revisionist history of black–white confrontation in nineteenth-century Australia. Now he has edited this selection of essays, which provides a critical survey of the Howard government across a wide range of its policies.

Neal Blewett reviews 'The Howard Years' edited by Robert Manne

The Howard Years

edited by Robert Manne

Black Inc., $29.95 pb, 328 pp

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