Martin McKenzie-Murray

Martin McKenzie-Murray WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS

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



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

Politics

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

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Society

Good riddance, Alan Jones

The shock jock is finally brought down by lacklustre ratings

Image of Supermoon over Footscray. Image © Tim McCartney 2015

Society

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

Politics

The little premier that might have

Does unquestioning, childish enthusiasm have a place in politics?

Cover detail of Andrew O'Hagan’s ‘Mayflies’

Culture

There is a light

Andrew O’Hagan’s ‘Mayflies’ and what might endure from our irresponsible but spirited youth

Image of Covid-19 vaccines

Society

Dissent horizon

Why do we object more to mandated vaccination than mandated lockdowns?

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Society

The expedition journals of David Gonski

One man’s journey inside his own puzzlingly large house

Zoomed image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time at Parliament House, Thursday, August 12, 2021

Politics

The great deceiver

The prime minister preaches faith but lies, deflects, dissembles and seeks to detach us from reality

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jenny Morrison laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier during the Anzac Day commemorative service on April 25, 2020. Image © Alex Ellinghausen / AAP Image/ Sydney Morning Herald Pool

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A rallying crime

For a country that loves invoking the virtues of wartime sacrifice, why have our leaders failed to appeal to the greater good during the pandemic?

Image of England players lining up during the penalty shoot-out following the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Image © Nick Potts / PA Wire

Society

Football’s coming home

Home truths from the Euro 2020 tournament

Society

Dear Jon

An open letter to Jon Faine: esteemed commentator, vintage car lover and schadenfreude enthusiast

Society

Alien renaissance

A revived interest in alien visitation only underscores how little we know about the universe

Image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison giving the thumbs-up. Image via Facebook

Politics

She’ll be right, mate

On Scott Morrison’s complacency

Image of Susan and her children, Ballarat, 2021

Society

Australian purgatory

The permanent damage of temporary protection

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Society

Matters of opinion

What is the cost of persistently reporting one’s observations?

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