His Master’s Voice: The corruption of public debate under Howard (Quarterly Essay 26) by David Marr

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July–August 2007, no. 293

His Master’s Voice: The corruption of public debate under Howard (Quarterly Essay 26) by David Marr

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His Master’s Voice: The corruption of public debate under Howard (Quarterly Essay 26) by David Marr

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July–August 2007, no. 293

The continued success and quality of the Quarterly Essay series has done much to promote the long essay as a legitimate forum for detailed, informed and accessible political discussion. That this has occurred during the Howard era suggests that all is not lost in the quest for genuine public debate. In the latest Quarterly Essay, David Marr acknowledges that, ‘[s]uppression is not systematic. There are no gulags for dissidents under Howard.’ Nevertheless, His Master’s Voice is born of, and fuelled by, exasperation. Marr makes little effort to mask his personal enmity towards John Howard. And his disgust at the manner in which the federal Coalition has governed for more than a decade is palpable: ‘Since 1996, Howard has cowed his critics, muffled the press, intimidated the ABC, gagged scientists, silenced non-government organisations, neutered Canberra’s mandarins, curtailed parliamentary scrutiny, censored the arts, banned books, criminalised protest and prosecuted whistleblowers.’

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His Master’s Voice: The corruption of public debate under Howard (Quarterly Essay 26)

by David Marr

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