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Books November 22, 2014

Clivosaurus: The Politics of Clive Palmer

When the doyens of conventional wisdom – press gallery correspondents and has-been politicians who dominate Sky News and the ABC – look at Clive Palmer, what do they see? An eccentric billionaire, a conservative apostate, a man-child buffoon? It …

Books November 08, 2014

The Adolescent Country

In late 2012, when Wayne Swan was acting prime minister, he put a national security committee meeting on an especially tight schedule. He had to be out of there in an hour to get to a Labor Party fundraiser. Tony Abbott and his proxies in the tabloid …

Books October 11, 2014

My Story

Julia Gillard has written not one but two books, bound together in a single volume. The first half is a compelling and gossipy account of seizing the prime ministership from a dysfunctional incumbent and holding it against the odds; the second half …

Books July 05, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Australia

Two events bookend Nick Bryant’s stint as the BBC’s Australian correspondent, and they reflect what we might call the “Australian condition”. The first was the death in 2006 of celebrity crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, as confected a “character” …