Politics

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Reluctant Rescuers' by Tony Kevin

Jay Daniel Thompson
28 April 2013

In Reluctant Rescuers, Tony Kevin addresses the rescue at sea of boat people who have entered Australian waters. He aims to provide a ‘fact-based analysis of a shadowy’ – and More

Dean Biron reviews 'Three Crooked Kings' by Matthew Condon

Dean Biron
27 April 2013

In April 2012, barely a week after Queensland had elected a conservative government to office for the first time in twenty-six years, Campbell Newman announced the abolition of the state-funded premier’s literary awards. The decision, despite disingenuous claims to the contrary, was entirely symbolic, coming as it did before Newman’s Liberal National Party ... More

Julian Meyrick: 'National cultural policy-making 101'

Julian Meyrick
27 April 2013

To estimate the amount of waffle in a cultural policy document, try this patented test: (i) identify a given sentence or section; (ii) highlight the key terms; (iii) swap the key terms around. If it still makes as much sense, it’s waffle. Another way of saying this is that there are always two people responsible for cultural policy. The first is reasonable, ... More

Dennis Altman reviews 'Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-left Future (Quarterly Essay 49)' by Mark Latham

Dennis Altman
26 April 2013

Mark Latham rose to the leadership of the Labor Party unexpectedly, lost the 2004 federal election, retired to sulk from the sidelines, and has done so ever since. Whether he or Graham Richardson has done more damage to the party that nurtured them is a question I leave to the blogosphere. Before Latham became leader in 2003, he published considerably more abo ... More

Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'I Am Bound to be True' by Mary Elizabeth Calwell

Lyndon Megarrity
25 March 2013

Arthur Augustus Calwell is hardly the most celebrated or mythologised politician in the history of the Australian Labor Party. His achievements as the first minister for immigration More

'Signs and portents:The outlook for America in Obama’s second term' by Morag Fraser

Morag Fraser
31 January 2013

November in America signals a time to gather in, take stock and breathe a little. The elections are done by the end of the first week. Thanksgiving beckons, the high holidays begin, media fever subsides – a little – and morphs into retrospective political analysis and projected anxiety about the future, especially, since 2008, the economic future.

It is ... More

Jane Goodall reviews 'Tales from the Political Trenches' by Maxine McKew

Jane Goodall
28 November 2012

By its title, Tales from the Political Trenches promises reportage from the front line, eyewitness accounts of what really happens in the hidden zones of the political battlefield. More

Joel Deane reviews 'Speechless: A Year in My Father’s Business' by James Button

Joel Deane
28 October 2012

In 2008 I was asked to write speeches for then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. It was a tempting offer. The trouble was that I would be based in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM More

David Collis on building equity among Australian schools

David Collis
25 October 2012
I’ve never looked at a big independent school in an established suburb and thought ‘that’s not fair’ … I look at a big independent school in an established suburb and think ‘that’s a great example’.
Julia Gillard

If Julia Gillard were to drive past the main campus of the Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC), a big ... More

Alex O'Brien reviews 'Reframe: How to Solve the World’s Trickiest Problems' by Eric Knight

Alex O'Brien
28 August 2012
Weary of the standard Hollywood pap, Samuel Goldwyn reportedly told his writers, ‘Let’s have some new clichés.’ In Reframe: How to Solve the World’s Trickiest Problems, his first book, Eric Knight sets about recasting corporate culture’s platitude to ‘think outside the box’. ... More
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