Don Watson

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54 ENTRIES Don Watson is an award-winning author. His books include The Passion of Private White, Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, The Bush and Watsonia, a collection of his writing.



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Yes referendum corflute with No spraypainted over it, in Bassendean, Perth, Saturday, October 14, 2023

Politics

The year the Voice broke

How John Howard’s shadow over Australian politics is evident in the referendum, reconciliation and the rest

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Politics

A modest proposal for submarine money

AUKUS is the gold standard of a major reform being implemented without sufficient detail – or a referendum

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Society

Heroes and villains

Cancelling Douglas Bader, legendary fighter pilot, World War Two hero and unreconstructed racist

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Culture

Bruce Petty’s joke in the machine

In memory of the political cartoonist who stood against capitalism, exploitation, groupthink and bullshit

Jacinda Ardern leaves parliament surrounded by journalists and MPs

Politics

More than a feeling

The “hard decisions” of our political leaders too rarely emerge from a belief in our shared humanity

Prince Charles in Sydney, January 26, 1994

Politics

The curious mind of King Charles III

Why Elizabeth, not Charles, is a good model for a future Australian head of state

Image of Anthony Albanese

Politics

How to be a prime minister

The task ahead for Anthony Albanese in restoring the idea that governments should seek to make the country better

Image of Donald Trump mask

Politics

American carnage

Donald Trump and the collapse of the Union

Image of Parliament House, March 24, 2020

Politics

What lessons will we learn from the virus?

Hope is essential, but optimism can be deadly

Image of Scott Morrison

Politics

Leaders and dung beetles

On John Cain, Scott Morrison and our curious inability to elect good people

Image of Napoleon Bonaparte

Politics

Revolutions past

Labor and the Liberals have abandoned their old ideological contests as they battle to define the values of the new middle class

Graham Freudenberg

Politics

A time to remember

The passing of Labor’s great speechwriter Graham Freudenberg highlights the party’s absence of a clear rationale

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Politics

All the way with Donald J?

Australia cannot stay silent about Trump

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Politics

A pack of bankers

The financial services royal commission has revealed more than anyone banked on

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Politics

Rethinking the republic

A change in our head of state won’t change everything, and other lessons for the next push

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