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Matthew Lamb

Matthew Lamb is the author of Frank Moorhouse: Strange Paths (Knopf, 2023). He writes at

Matthew Lamb reviews 'Nowhere people' by Henry Reynolds

April 2006, no. 280 01 April 2006
In 1936, West Australian MP Leslie Craig stated in parliament that the (then) current figure of Aboriginal ‘half-castes’ in Australia – approximately 4000 – would soon number 40,000 if something were not done to stem the tide of this growing problem. Seventy years later, in 2006, a federal member of parliament has suggested that Australia is in danger of ‘aborting itself out of existence ... (read more)

Matthew Lamb reviews 'The Australian Moment: How we were made for these times' by George Megalogenis

April 2012, no. 340 01 April 2012
In The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times, George Megalogenis tries to explain how, in spite of ourselves, we managed to survive the last three ‘super crashes of the digital age’. He does so by actively avoiding the usual partisan morality tales, complete with intra-party rivalry, concerning which side of politics can take credit for our successes, blame for our failures, or w ... (read more)