Martin McKenzie-Murray


43 ENTRIES Martin McKenzie-Murray is the author of The Speechwriter and A Murder Without Motive: The Killing of Rebecca Ryle.


Image of US President Joe Biden meeting virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, November 15, 2021. Image © Susan Walsh / AP Photo


The avoidable war

Kevin Rudd on China, the US and the forces of history

Image of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, Labor MP Emma McBride and shadow housing minister Jason Clare after meeting with young renter Lydia Pulley during a visit to her home in Gosford on May 3, 2022. Image © Lukas Coch / AAP Images


Property damage

What will it take for Australia to fix the affordable housing crisis?

Image showing detail of a 1965 Soviet Union stamp commemorating the first spacewalk. Image via Wikimedia Commons


What does Russia’s war in Ukraine mean for collaborative space exploration?

Since the first human forayed beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, politics has never left space

Image of Will Smith hitting presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting an award at the Oscars, March 27, 2022. Image © Chris Pizzello / AP Photo


Will Smith’s Oscars slap and the takes it spawned

If there was anything more bizarre than Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, it was the plethora of absurd hot takes that followed

Image of an illustration of a tree, by Jeff Fisher


Keeping step

Alcoholics Anonymous in lockdown and out

Still image from ‘Threads’


The thread of history

For the Cold War generation, the threat of nuclear war in Europe brings a familiar dread

Red Square, Moscow. © Vyacheslav Argenberg,


Notes on Russia

Coverage of Russia has long focused upon Putin at the expense of a deeper understanding of the country he leads

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Birth rites

Why do some insist women should forgo pain relief in childbirth?

Image of 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame. Image © Mick Tsikas / AAP Images


Grace notes

Grace Tame’s sexual abuse as a child, also experienced by the author, makes policing her manners misguided at best

Image of WA Premier Mark McGowan earlier this week announcing the state will reopen its border to the rest of the country on February 5, after almost two years of border closures. Image © Richard Wainwright / AAP Images


Family’s grief compounded by WA’s hard border

The awful predicament of a Melbourne family unable to bring home their son’s body shows the callousness of WA’s border policy

Image of The Beatles and Yoko Ono during the ‘Let It Be’ sessions. Image © Apple Records / Disney+


‘Get Back’ is ‘slow TV’ for Beatles nuts

Despite plenty of magical moments, Peter Jackson’s eight-hour epic is the work of a fanatic, and will likely only be watched in full by other fanatics

Craig Kelly addresses protestors outside Victoria's Parliament, 12 November 2021


At the end of our rope

The prime minister’s belated response to death threats against political leaders is a sign of our dangerously hollowed-out politics

Image of Alan Jones. Image © Brendon Thorne / AAP Image / Pool


Good riddance, Alan Jones

The shock jock is finally brought down by lacklustre ratings

Image of Supermoon over Footscray. Image © Tim McCartney 2015


Lunar orbit

The strange paths taken by the mind when overwhelmed by fear

Image showing from left: The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Gladys Berejiklian and Thomas the Tank Engine


The little premier that might have

Does unquestioning, childish enthusiasm have a place in politics?