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Books April 29, 2017

Utopia for Realists

In the 1890s, William Lane, an Anglo-American trade unionist, writer and dreamer, made his utopia in Paraguay. His “New Australia” colony started with about 230 enthusiasts for a socialist, agrarian lifestyle and ended, after many schisms, with Lane …

Books March 18, 2017

They Cannot Take the Sky

[TOC:ul In this story] How does a young doctor, driven out of Iraq by political violence that engulfs the very hospital he is working in, end up in the isolation unit of an Australian maximum security prison? He has committed no crime, under local or …

Books November 19, 2016

The Australian Dream: Blood, History and Becoming

[TOC:ul In this story] As Stan Grant sits in a cafe in Broome, with his latte and carrot cake, his gaze wanders across to the city park where a fight is unfolding. The flailing arms of men in cowboy hats, some sprawled on the ground, others propped against …

Books October 08, 2016

Bob Ellis: In His Own Words

[TOC:ul In this story] Towards the end of his life, Bob Ellis blogged a little, usually after writing the first draft of his missives in longhand on the fabled yellow legal pads he hauled everywhere with him. But by and large, Ellis, Australia’s finest …

Books June 18, 2016

Trouble

[TOC:ul In this story] A glass bottle flung in a drunken stupor at a car in mid-2009 ignited one of the most watched criminal cases in the Northern Territory since the 2001 murder of British tourist Peter Falconio. It involved five white men accused …

Books March 26, 2016

Balancing Act: Australia between Recession and Renewal

[TOC:ul In this story] In a parallel universe, Clive Palmer is Australia’s Donald Trump but with a smile, not a snarl. The billionaire businessman plunders the voting base of the centre-right party, melds his business and political aspirations, and …

Books February 13, 2016

Credlin & Co.

[TOC:ul In this story] Blame The West Wing. The sublime American drama set in the administration of President Jed Bartlet also gave us Leo McGarry, White House chief of staff. McGarry was Bartlet’s confidant, gatekeeper, enforcer and sometime …

Books November 28, 2015

Political Amnesia: How We Forgot How to Govern

[TOC:ul In this story] Laura Tingle does not cite Orwell but his spirit pervades her new Quarterly Essay, Political Amnesia. Here is her perceptive take on a word so beloved of politicians: “ ‘Reform’ has become a hollowed-out word which …

Books October 03, 2015

Australia’s Second Chance

[TOC:ul In this story] George Megalogenis is such a nimble writer that you can read his latest book, Australia’s Second Chance, as if it were Hebrew scripture – that is, backwards. The debates we are having today about immigration, boat …

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