Diane Austin-Broos: A Different Inequality

Emma Kowal
25 October 2011

Enduring tensions in Indigenous affairs

Emma Kowal


A Different Inequality: The Politics of Debate about Remote Aboriginal Australia
by Diane Austin-Broos
Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 224 pp, 9781742370491


Many Australians are hungry for answers to ... More

Ross Garnaut: The Garnaut Review 2011

David Karoly
25 October 2011

A diabolical policy problem

David Karoly


The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia in the Global Response to Climate Change
by Ross Garnaut
Cambridge University Press, $39.95 pb, 242 pp, 9781107691681


Climate change is often framed as a number of battles: ... More

James Waghorne and Stuart Macintyre: Liberty

Terry Lane
25 October 2011

Barely a peep from the public

Terry Lane


Liberty: A History of Civil Liberties in Australia
by James Waghorne and Stuart Macintyre
UNSW Press, $59.95 hb, 240 pp, 9781742232652


In 1988 the Hawke government put a constitutional amendment to a referen ... More

Neville Kirk: Labour and the Politics of Empire

Robert Dare
25 October 2011

Putting nation and empire in labour politics

Robert Dare


Labour and the Politics of Empire: Britain and Australia 1900 to the Present
by Neville Kirk
Manchester University Press (Footprint Books), $144 hb, 319 pp, 9780719080791


In 1902 the New Zeal ... More

Alex Mitchell: Come the Revolution

Jeff Sparrow
21 October 2011

Mass craving

Jeff Sparrow


Come the Revolution
by Alex Mitchell
New South, $39.95 pb, 551 pb, 9781742233079


In 1963, ASIO opened a file on a disreputable fellow named Laurie Oakes, who was then living with Alex Mitchell, another More

Heather Henderson (ed.): Letters to My Daughter

Sue Ebury
27 September 2011

Robert Menzies in a new, doting light

Sue Ebury


Letters to My Daughter: Robert Menzies, Letters, 1955–1975
edited by Heather Henderson
Pier 9, $39.99 hb, 296 pp, 9781742662497


Heather Menzies was ‘the apple of her father’s eye’, reported A. ... More

Henry Kissinger: On China

Bruce Grant
23 August 2011

Kissinger on the Asian powerhouse

Bruce Grant


On China
by Henry Kissinger
Allen Lane, $49.95 hb, 586 pp, 9781846143465


Henry Kissinger has never seemed at home in the United States, although he has served in its highest councils and received its ri ... More

Nick Dyrenfurth: Heroes & Villains; and Nick Dyrenfurth and Frank Bongiorno: A Little History of the Australian Labor Party

Stuart Macintyre
23 August 2011

Labor’s long history and uncertain future

Stuart Macintyre


Heroes & Villains: The Rise and Fall of the Early Australian Labor Party
by Nick Dyrenfurth
Australian Scholarly Publishing, $44 pb, 281 pp, 9781921875007


A Little Histo ... More

Gideon Haigh reviews 'Sideshow: Dumbing down democracy'

Gideon Haigh
24 May 2011

Bill Clinton discouraged politicians from picking fights with people who bought their ink by the barrel. Mindful of that advice, Lindsay Tanner has waited until the end of a career dedicated to the ‘serious craft of politics’ to remonstrate with the fourth estate about its fundamental unseriousness in reporting the democratic process.

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Bruce Ackerman: The Decline and Fall of the American Republic

Alison Broinowski
24 May 2011

Runaway presidency

Alison Broinowski


The Decline and Fall of the American Republic
by Bruce Ackerman
Harvard University Press (Inbooks), $42.95 hb, 270 pp, 9780674057036


As people around the world watch events in the United States, many will agree ... More

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