Australian politics, society & culture

Paul Keating

Mural at Woomera Immigration Reception and Processing Centre. © Dean Sewell / Oculi
Tragedy of Errors
By Robert Manne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Fraser, Hawke, Keating and Howard in Retirement
By George Megalogenis
Greatness may be calling: Bob Hawke and Paul Keating in 1990. © Peter Morris/Fairfax Syndication
Lessons in leadership and Paul Keating
By George Megalogenis
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
By Clive James
The nickname ‘Diamond Jim’ fitted James McClelland the way ‘Big Julie from Chicago’ fitted the gangster in Guys and Dolls who rolled spotless dice, with the difference that Diamond Jim wasn’t acting. He was really like what his nickname said: spruce, sparkling, charming, the Australian politician with the touch of the
'Loner: Inside a Labor Tragedy' by Bernard Lagan
By Mungo MacCallum
For a movement founded on the principle of democratic socialism, the Australian Labor Party has thrown up a surprising number of leaders dedicated to the führerprinzip. Inevitably this has been a cause of tension, usually escalating into conflict. The Liberal Party, as befits a party espousing free enterprise and the
Still comfortable but relaxed no more in John Howard's Australia
By John Birmingham
The feeling that it was a good town to leave was only confirmed when I returned a decade later to cover the freak show that the rest of the country knew as Pauline Hanson and One Nation. I can’t recall which magazine sent me up there, but I remember only too well picking up a copy of the local newspaper, The
By Brian Toohey
John Howard, a prime minister who supposedly yearns for the days when fathers went to work, mothers stayed home and families lived behind white picket fences, might seem an unlikely hero for single mums. But he can fairly claim to have done much more to alleviate poverty among single parents than the Labor governments