Mark McKenna is a professor of history at the University of Sydney. His books include An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark.
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Australia’s haunted house
The Brereton Report has wounded Scott Morrison’s efforts to make the Australian War Memorial the nation’s ‘most sacred place’
Moment of Truth
Australia is on the brink of momentous change, but only if we can face up to the past – a Quarterly Essay extract
Scott Morrison’s quiet Australians
Just how silent does the PM want Australians to be?
Success dogged him
Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ is a skilful portrait of Australia’s second prime minister
The character business
What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?
‘Unnecessary Wars’ by Henry Reynolds
NewSouth Publishing; $29.99
Citizenship and its discontents
Talk of stripping citizenship is just one example of Tony Abbott’s alarmist rhetoric
‘Australian History in 7 Questions’ by John Hirst
Black Inc.; $24.99
Blackfellas’ Point: One decade later
It is now more than twenty years since I first saw the land that I would later come to know as ‘Blackfellas’ Point’. What began as a retreat from Sydney – a remote ‘bush block’ on the far south coast of New South Wales – is now home to my …
Knights and the old republic
Tony Abbott's aggressive monarchism
ASIO surveillance in ‘Persons of Interest’
Documentary series charts the history of Australia’s intelligence-gathering operations
The nation’s capital turns 100
Lest We Inflate
World War II
Why do Australians lust for heroic war stories?
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