Don Watson

Don Watson
Don Watson is an award-winning author and former speechwriter for Paul Keating. His books include Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PMAmerican JourneysThe Bush, the Quarterly Essay ‘Enemy Within: American Politics in the Time of Trump’ and There It Is Again, a collection of his writing.

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Turnbull’s rightful place


The prime minister does not seem to be himself at all

The new normal


A welcome to Turnbull and a farewell to slogans

Method in the madness


Tony Abbott’s surprises keep coming

Lost for words


Our politicians have paltry ideas and express them poorly


Whitlam’s ghost

Australian Politics

Remembering Gough Whitlam puts modern Labor to shame

Andrew Bolt and Tony Abbott. © Jason Edwards / Newspix

The conservative crusade against the ABC

Federal politics

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

Lest we go over the top

History Wars

How should we remember World War One?

Tony Abbott apologises

Prime ministers

The prime minister is sorry about everything

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. …