Judith Brett

Judith Brett WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS

33 ENTRIES Judith Brett is an emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. Her latest book is Doing Politics: Writing on Public Life.



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Liberal Party

The triumphalism of Tony Abbott

The Liberals' winner-takes-all political payback

nation_reviewed

Why climate change defeats our short-term thinking

On science, religion, politics and ideology

Kevin Rudd

Rudd the narcissist

The 2013 election campaign came down to a contest between constancy and charisma, but Labor should have reined in its leader.

Politics

Changing prime ministers

What Kevin Rudd could learn from Julia Gillard about leadership

essay

L-plate parliamentarians

The trouble with inexperienced ministers

Australia once had death taxes, as they are generally called by their opponents; supporters call them inheritance, estate or bequest taxes © Simon Schluter / Fairfax Syndication

nation_reviewed

It’s only super till you die

Taxes, death and superannuation

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Labor Party

A taxing year

Australia’s policy drought

Tony Abbott

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott

Correspondence to David Marr’s Quarterly Essay Political AnimalIn Political Animal, David Marr gives us two Abbotts: Politics Abbott and Values Abbott. The first is the man of driving ambition who competes hard for …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Feminism

Gillard and the misogynists

They Had It Coming

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Politics

Managing the risk

The big lesson of the past few months of financial crises is that government is the ultimate risk manager. When all else fails, be it the weather, our marriage, the banks or even our child-care provider, we turn to the state. Natural-disaster relief is …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

nation_reviewed

A bureaucrat’s briefing

Last October we were all fixed on the election due by the end of the year. John Howard didn't set the date till mid month, and then he went for the maximum six-week campaign. It was hard to think past 24 November, and hard to imagine what sort of prime …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

nation_reviewed

What stands between Australia and a one-party state?

Is Malcolm Turnbull all that stands between Australia and a one-party state? We all know the picture: Labor governments in all states and territories, as well as Canberra; the Lord Mayor of Brisbane the highest-ranking Liberal officeholder in the land; …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Politics

Comment

Now that John Howard has finally gone, it is possible to start thinking about the future again. All through 2007, as it looked more and more likely that Kevin Rudd would lead Labor to victory, it was hard to think beyond election night. Could Howard perform …

Politics

It’s Bennelong time

On the campaign trail with Maxine McKew

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Politics

Comment

The knack of successful political leadership in parliamentary democracies is to balance the politics of unity with those of division, to put yourself forward as the representative and protector of the nation as a whole while using every trick in the book …