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48 ENTRIES Don Watson is an award-winning author. His books include 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. The Passion of Private White will be published in November.



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Politics

The mystery of Malcolm Turnbull

What does the prime minister stand for, and when will we find out about it?

These divided states of America

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These divided states of America

Americans are split along party lines as never before

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Politics

Living within our platitudes

Whatever the politicians say, we can't afford to skimp on education

Turnbull’s rightful place

Politics

Turnbull’s rightful place

The prime minister does not seem to be himself at all

The new normal

Politics

The new normal

A welcome to Turnbull and a farewell to slogans

Method in the madness

Politics

Method in the madness

Tony Abbott’s surprises keep coming

Lost for words

Politics

Lost for words

Our politicians have paltry ideas and express them poorly

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Australian Politics

Whitlam’s ghost

Remembering Gough Whitlam puts modern Labor to shame

Andrew Bolt and Tony Abbott. © Jason Edwards / Newspix

Federal politics

The conservative crusade against the ABC

Why do Andrew Bolt and company love to hate the national broadcaster?

Lest we go over the top

Lest we go over the top

How should we remember World War One?

Tony Abbott apologises

Prime ministers

Tony Abbott apologises

The prime minister is sorry about everything

The all-purpose election victory speech

Politicians

The all-purpose election victory speech

Thank you, thank you, thank you, no, really, please, thank you. A short time ago, my opponent called me to offer his congratulations. He’s a good bloke, whatever his colleagues might say. I thank him and I thank Australia, and the people of Australia. …

In praise of Tony Windsor

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In praise of Tony Windsor

Fan mail for the former MP

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The Kings and I

Horse racing’s inegalitarian streak

Comment: A New Dusk

In 1967, when La Trobe University was brand new and underpopulated, John O’Brien, an Irish historian with a wild and feverish laugh, told us about the enemy within. It was not for anything the administration had done, or any of the horrid things that …