Judith Brett is an emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. Her latest book is The Enigmatic Mr Deakin.
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A travesty of process
The same-sex marriage survey sets a dangerous precedent
The new Forgotten People
The wider cost of Australia’s housing affordability crisis
He will never stop
Tony Abbott seems determined to wreck the clean energy target
Lessons from Deakin
Alfred Deakin and the art of minority government
Can Malcolm Turnbull survive on optimism alone?
Read about it
Deconstructing a decade in Frank Bongiorno’s ‘The Eighties’
The case for compromise
What modern politicians could learn from Alfred Deakin
One man, one vote
As captain of Team Australia, Tony Abbott has plunged us into war without debate
Must we choose between climate-change action and freedom of speech?
The science is clear, but the way forward is not
James Brown’s ‘Anzac’s Long Shadow’
The triumphalism of Tony Abbott
The Liberals' winner-takes-all political payback
Why climate change defeats our short-term thinking
On science, religion, politics and ideology
Rudd the narcissist
The 2013 election campaign came down to a contest between constancy and charisma, but Labor should have reined in its leader.
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