Terry Lane reviews 'Liberty: A History of Civil Liberties in Australia' by James Waghorne and Stuart Macintyre

Terry Lane
25 October 2011

In 1988 the Hawke government put a constitutional amendment to a referendum. On the recommendation of the government’s Constitution Commission, we were invited to vote to enshrine guarantees of trial by jury, property rights, and freedom of religion. The proposition was rejected by all states. There is nothing surprising in that. We almost always do vote against c ... More

Robert Dare reviews 'Labour and the Politics of Empire' by Neville Kirk

Robert Dare
25 October 2011

In 1902 the New Zealander William Pember Reeves published a pioneering study of social innovations in Australia and New Zealand. He wrote it, he said, for the ‘increasing number of stude More

Jeff Sparrow reviews 'Come the Revolution' by Alex Mitchell

Jeff Sparrow
21 October 2011

In 1963, ASIO opened a file on a disreputable fellow named Laurie Oakes, who was then living with Alex Mitchell, another Daily Mirror reporter. The two men came to the spooks’ a More

Sue Ebury reviews 'Letters to My Daughter: Robert Menzies, Letters, 1955–1975' edited by Heather Henderson

Sue Ebury
27 September 2011

Heather Menzies was ‘the apple of her father’s eye’, reported A.W. Martin, Sir Robert’s authorised biographer, and this collection of letters reveals that she was indeed, to use he 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' by Lindsay Tanner

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 dedicat More

Alison Broinowski reviews 'The Decline and Fall of the American Republic' by Bruce Ackerman

Alison Broinowski
24 May 2011

As people around the world watch events in the United States, many will agree that it is indeed an exceptional, if conflicted, nation. The sole superpower, with the world’s largest econo More

Clement Macintyre reviews 'The Lure of Politics: Geoff Gallop’s Government 2001–2006' by Lesley van Schoubroeck

Clement Macintyre
04 May 2011

A few months after the 2010 federal election, Geoff Gallop delivered the annual Hawke Lecture at the University of South Australia. In an address focused upon political engagement, he canv More

Peter Menkhorst reviews 'Culture Crisis: Anthropology and politics in Aboriginal Australia' edited by Jon Altman and Melinda Hinkson

Peter Menkhorst
04 May 2011

Anthropology’s significant contribution to both academic and applied research focused on Indigenous Australia has intensified over the last four decades. Among Aboriginal people and anth More

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