Judith Brett is an emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. Her latest book is From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting.
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The bin fire of the humanities
Casualisation and relentless cost-cutting have destroyed the credibility of Australian universities
Howard’s Heir: On Scott Morrison and his suburban aspirations
How the PM’s ‘Quiet Australians’ echoes Howard’s battlers and Menzies’ ‘Forgotten People’
The fossil-fuel lobby could not have created the climate wars so easily without the preceding culture wars
The government’s appeal to self-interest groups
The Liberal Party has little left but pitches to the hip pocket
A travesty of process
The same-sex marriage survey sets a dangerous precedent
He will never stop
Tony Abbott seems determined to wreck the clean energy target
The new Forgotten People
The wider cost of Australia’s housing affordability crisis
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
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