Patrick Mullins

Patrick Mullins is a Canberra-based writer. He is author of Tiberius with a Telephone (2018), The Trials of Portnoy (2020), and the co-author, with Matthew Ricketson, of Who needs the ABC? (2022).

Patrick Mullins reviews 'Ego: Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party’s civil war' by Aaron Patrick

August 2022, no. 445 26 July 2022
Patrick Mullins reviews 'Ego: Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party’s civil war' by Aaron Patrick
When out of government, the Coalition parties resemble nothing so much as an ill-disciplined horde, by turns bombastic and bilious, riven with discord, forever tearing down putative leaders and searching for scapegoats to explain their losses and lot. The blame almost always falls on the departed. In the 1980s, it was Malcolm Fraser’s unwillingness to undertake proper economic reform that they m ... (read more)

Patrick Mullins reviews 'Bob Hawke: Demons and destiny' by Troy Bramston

April 2022, no. 441 23 March 2022
Patrick Mullins reviews 'Bob Hawke: Demons and destiny' by Troy Bramston
Curators at old Parliament House – now known as the Museum for Australian Democracy – have for many years maintained the prime minister’s suite much as it was when Bob Hawke vacated it in 1988. Visitors can gaze at a reproduction of the Arthur Boyd painting that hung opposite Hawke’s desk, gawk at the enormous, faux-timber panelled telephone Hawke used, and cast a wry eye over the pri ... (read more)