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Shane Carmody

Shane Carmody works for the Library at the University of Melbourne, and was formerly Director, Collections at the State Library of Victoria. He has published on the history of collections and aspects of art history.

Shane Carmody reviews 'Clivosaurus: The politics of Clive Palmer' (Quarterly Essay 56) by Guy Rundle

January-February 2015, no. 368 16 December 2014
Guy Rundle ends his engrossing account of Clive Palmer with a disclaimer: ‘Knowing Clive, he will contradict everything asserted in this essay in the two weeks between its going to press and hitting the bookstands.’ Since the publication of this essay, Palmer has not contradicted the assertions of the essay, but his party has been challenged. Senator Jacqui Lambie has resigned from the Palmer ... (read more)

Bernardi’s way

March 2014, no. 359 26 February 2014
In a time of spin and media management, it is refreshing to read a book written by a politician setting out core beliefs. Cory Bernardi has done this in The Conservative Revolution. Its launch was greeted with reports of his support for a completely free market in labour relations, his opposition to abortion, and his dislike of homosexuality. Many presented his views as the extreme statements of a ... (read more)

Shane Carmody reviews 'The Mad Marathon: The story of the 2013 election' by Mungo MacCallum

December 2013–January 2014, no. 357 01 December 2013
Tim Bowden, ABC journalist and historian, hosted a television program called BackChat between 1987 and 1994. Viewers could write in with their comments on Aunty’s offerings. One correspondent criticised the Rob Sitch-inspired spoof of the commercial current affairs programs, Frontline. The correspondent was appalled that the ABC could waste taxpayers’ money on a program that was such a poor ex ... (read more)