Don Aitkin

Don Aitkin

Don Aitkin, historian and political scientist, was the Foundation Chair of the Australian Research Council, a member of the Australian Science and Technology Council, and a member and later chair of the Multi-disciplinary Assessment Committee of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, as well as a consultant to other Canadian research organisations. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra, and his books include What Was It All For? The Reshaping of Australia (2005).

Don Aitkin reviews 'Groundswell: The rise of the Greens' by Amanda Lohrey

April 2003, no. 250 01 April 2003
Don Aitkin reviews 'Groundswell: The rise of the Greens' by Amanda Lohrey
First, a small tribute to Peter Craven and his colleagues for the establishment of Quarterly Essay (of which the above is the eighth issue). It is such a good idea that one wonders why it is such a recent innovation. A 20,000-word essay on an important contemporary issue, followed, in later issues, by responses to that essay, enable one to get one’s teeth into a matter of moment while it is stil ... (read more)

Don Aitkin reviews 'A Short Introduction to Climate Change' by Tony Eggleton

November 2012, no. 346 25 October 2012
Don Aitkin reviews 'A Short Introduction to Climate Change' by Tony Eggleton
Wikipedia lists fifty-three books that are currently available on the subject of climate change, and this new book will make fifty-four. Such books fall into one of two groups: they either support the orthodoxy or dissent from it. Tony Eggleton’s book is one that supports it. It is well written, clear in its argument, quite even-handed, and comprehensive. I enjoyed reading it, even though I have ... (read more)