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Tim Colebatch

Tim Colebatch was economics editor of The Age from 1993 to 2013, and its Canberra economics writer from 1989 to 1993. His own recent biography, Dick Hamer: The Liberal Liberal, was reviewed by Geoffrey Blainey in the January–February issue of ABR.

Tim Colebatch reviews 'Catch and Kill' by Joel Deane

November 2015, no. 376 26 October 2015
Since 1980, Victoria has become a natural Labor state. It has seen twenty-three federal and state elections in that time, and Labor has won seventeen of them. The Coalition has won just three state elections in thirty-five years, and a majority of Victoria's seats at just three of the last thirteen federal elections. It is a stunning reversal of roles. For its first ninety years, Labor was camped ... (read more)

Tim Colebatch reviews 'Paul Keating' by David Day

April 2015, no. 370 25 March 2015
Paul Keating has an enduring allure. He has been out of politics since 1996, yet in the past year or so we have seen the ABC screen an unprecedented series of four one-hour interviews with him by an unusually respectful Kerry O’Brien; a book of his sayings still sells well, his speeches and pronouncements receive wide publicity, and now historian David Day has given us a new biography. On my co ... (read more)