Australian Politics

Paul Williams reviews Plots And Prayers: Malcolm Turnbull’s demise and Scott Morrison’s ascension by Niki Savva

Paul Williams
19 July 2019

It’s a challenge to navigate the maze of books published after an election as winners and losers pore over the entrails of victor More

Frank Bongiorno reviews From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia got compulsory voting by Judith Brett

Frank Bongiorno
18 April 2019

In July 1924, a Tasmanian senator from the conservative Nationalist Party, Herbert Payne, introduced a bill to bring about compulsory voting in Australian national elections. His proposal More

Neal Blewett reviews 'Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A portrait of Paul Keating PM' by Don Watson

Neal Blewett
05 March 2019

What is it about Paul Keating that so fascinated his retainers? Six years ago, John Edwards wrote a mass More

Paul Williams reviews Born to Rule? by Paddy Manning

Paul Williams
22 February 2019

Future generations of readers will invariably look back in awe at the second decade of twenty-first-century Australian politics for its ridiculous revolving door of prime ministers. Person More

Morag Fraser reviews 'Dark Victory' by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson

Morag Fraser
26 October 2018

Dark Victory opens with a coup: in a deep-etched narrative, joint – and seamless – authors David Marr and Marian Wilkinson make human beings out of the anonymous acronyms of John Howard’s border protect More

Billy Griffiths reviews 'This Time: Australia’s republican past and future' by Benjamin T. Jones

Billy Griffiths
26 April 2018

In the lead-up to the 1999 republic referendum, historian John Hirst published a short guide to Australian democracy and law. ‘This is not a textbook,’ he wrote in the preface; rather, More

Frank Bongiorno reviews 'The Pivot of Power: Australian prime ministers and political leadership 1949–2016' by Paul Strangio, Paul ‘t Hart, and James Walter

Frank Bongiorno
19 December 2017

Has the Australian prime minister’s job become impossible? The authors of The Pivot of Power: Australian prime ministers and political leadership 1949–2016 ask this question a More

Stephen Mills reviews 'Making Modern Australia: The Whitlam government’s 21st century agenda' edited by Jenny Hocking

Stephen Mills
25 October 2017

In his powerful eulogy for Gough Whitlam at the Sydney Town Hall in November 2014, Noel Pearson described the former prime minister – this ‘old man’ – as one of those rare people w More

Neal Blewett reviews 'The Killing Season Uncut' by Sarah Ferguson with Patricia Drum

Neal Blewett
21 July 2016

Books have long provided fodder for films and television. Now films and television series, particularly documentaries, spawn books. The Killing Season Uncut is a ...

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Lucas Grainger-Brown reviews 'Credlin & Co.' by Aaron Patrick and 'The Road to Ruin' by Niki Savva

Lucas Grainger-Brown
23 May 2016

In August 2014, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave a short speech disagreeing with the contention put forward in Triumph and Demise: The Broken Promise ...

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