Mark McKenna


19 ENTRIES Mark McKenna is an award-winning writer and historian. His most recent book is Return to Uluru.


Prince Charles in Sydney, 1981, seated at harbour across from Opera House


The coronation, the republic and the voice

Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians is a necessary step towards a republic

Close-up of Uluru


Yukun’s return

The historic repatriation of the remains of an Aboriginal man murdered by a white policeman at Uluru in 1934

Image of Australian Bicentenary protest, Sydney, NSW, 1988


The stunted country

There can be no republic without constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians

Image of Australian Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell


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’



Scott Morrison’s quiet Australians

Just how silent does the PM want Australians to be?

Image of Quarterly Essay 69, “Moment of Truth” by Mark McKenna


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

Image of Alfred Deakin


Success dogged him

Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ is a skilful portrait of Australia’s second prime minister

Image of Julie Bishop


The character business

What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?

Cover of Unnecessary Wars


‘Unnecessary Wars’ by Henry Reynolds

NewSouth Publishing; $29.99

Citizenship and its discontents


Citizenship and its discontents

Talk of stripping citizenship is just one example of Tony Abbott’s alarmist rhetoric

Australian History in 7 Questions cover

‘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 …

Detail from St George and the Dragon (circa 1435), Rogier van der Weyden


Knights and the old republic

Tony Abbott's aggressive monarchism

ASIO photo of Gary Foley with Black Panther Denis Walker. Courtesy of Haydn Keenan


ASIO surveillance in ‘Persons of Interest’

Documentary series charts the history of Australia’s intelligence-gathering operations

Canberra, ca. 1915. Image courtesy of the National Library of Australia

Australian Parliament

Growing pains

The nation’s capital turns 100