David Donaldson

David Donaldson

David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin, and has written for The Guardian, The Drum, Crikey, Overland, The Lifted Brow, and Kill Your Darlings. He holds a Master of International Relations and lives in Melbourne.

David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin, and has written for The Guardian, The Drum, Crikey, Overland, The Lifted Brow, and Kill Your Darlings. He holds a Master of International Relations and lives in Melbourne

David Donaldson reviews 'Revolution' by Russell Brand

March 2015, no. 369 02 March 2015
David Donaldson reviews 'Revolution' by Russell Brand
Russell Brand made headlines when he revealed in an animated interview with Jeremy Paxman that he had never voted. Fresh from guest-editing an issue of New Statesman, Brand had issued a call to overthrow the system responsible for the income disparities and environmental degradation in the world today – but refused, or was unable, to explain how this would happen. Revolution is Brand’s attemp ... (read more)

David Donaldson reviews 'Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law' by Michaela McGuire

October 2014, no. 365 01 October 2014
David Donaldson reviews 'Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law' by Michaela McGuire
Last Bets examines the case of Anthony Dunning, a forty-year-old man who died four days after being pinned to the floor face-down by bouncers at Melbourne’s Crown casino in July 2011. The incident was reported to police not by Crown but by Dunning’s friends two days later, while the man lay in intensive care. A spokesperson for the police said that Crown was not required by law to have reporte ... (read more)

David Donaldson reviews 'Power Failure: The inside story of climate politics under Rudd and Gillard' by Philip Chubb

September 2014, no. 364 01 September 2014
David Donaldson reviews 'Power Failure: The inside story of climate politics under Rudd and Gillard' by Philip Chubb
Speaking about the process of painstakingly researching the ‘terrible mistakes’ made on climate policy by the Rudd and Gillard governments over the six years of their existence, Philip Chubb told an audience at the Wheeler Centre that he ‘almost exhausted [himself] with gloom’. Indeed, this important book, which covers the Icarian trajectory of climate policy through Labor’s years in pow ... (read more)