Judith Brett


Judith Brett
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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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

It’s only super till you die

Tony Abbott

Taxes, death and superannuation

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

A taxing year

Labor Party

Australia’s policy drought

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott

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.

Gillard and the misogynists

Feminism

They Had It Coming

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Managing the risk

Politics

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.

A bureaucrat’s briefing

nation_reviewed

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.

What stands between Australia and a one-party state?

nation_reviewed

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.

Comment

Politics

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 …

It’s Bennelong time

Politics

On the campaign trail with Maxine McKew

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