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Dominic Kelly

Dominic Kelly

Dominic Kelly is an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University. His writing appears in Australian Book Review, The Age, The Monthly, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, Guardian Australia, and Inside Story. He is the author of Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics: The Hard Right in Australia (La Trobe University Press, 2019).

Dominic Kelly reviews 'Partisans: The conservative revolutionaries who remade American politics in the 1990s' by Nicole Hemmer

January-February 2023, no. 450 26 December 2022
Beginning just as the Cold War finally came to an end, the 1990s were supposed to bring peace, prosperity, and optimism to the United States. Thinking about all that has happened since – the 9/11 attacks, interminable wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the global financial crisis, violent unrest and democratic institutions under threat – it is tempting to look back on the decade as a short-lived go ... (read more)

Dominic Kelly reviews 'Full Circle: A search for the world that comes next' by Scott Ludlam

August 2021, no. 434 22 July 2021
Amid the daily dramas and momentous impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to forget that, just four years ago, Australia was enduring a very different – and much less serious – kind of political crisis. In July 2017, the Australian Greens’ Scott Ludlam resigned from the Senate, having been advised that his failure to renounce his long-dormant New Zealand citizenship meant t ... (read more)

Dominic Kelly reviews 'Liberalism at Large: The world according to The Economist' by Alexander Zevin

March 2020, no. 419 31 January 2020
Few media institutions are revered across the mainstream political spectrum quite like The Economist. Since its founding in London in 1843, The Economist – which insists on calling itself a newspaper despite switching to a magazine format in the mid-twentieth century – has developed a reputation for intelligent, factual reporting and forthright advocacy for free trade and economic expansion. A ... (read more)

'On MUP and the resilience of non-fiction publishing' by Dominic Kelly

March 2019, no. 409 10 February 2019
The University of Melbourne’s announcement on 30 January 2019 that Melbourne University Publishing would henceforth ‘refocus on being a high-quality scholarly press in support of the University’s mission of excellence in teaching and research’, which led to the resignations of its chief executive, Louise Adler, and five other board members, was just three days old when one of the more absu ... (read more)