Martin McKenzie-Murray


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


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Good riddance, Alan Jones

The shock jock is finally brought down by lacklustre ratings

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Lunar orbit

The strange paths taken by the mind when overwhelmed by fear

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The little premier that might have

Does unquestioning, childish enthusiasm have a place in politics?

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There is a light

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

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Dissent horizon

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

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The expedition journals of David Gonski

One man’s journey inside his own puzzlingly large house

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The great deceiver

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

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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?

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Football’s coming home

Home truths from the Euro 2020 tournament

Dear Jon


Dear Jon

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

Alien renaissance


Alien renaissance

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

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She’ll be right, mate

On Scott Morrison’s complacency

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Australian purgatory

The permanent damage of temporary protection

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Matters of opinion

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

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Vice grip: ‘The Virtues’

Shane Meadows’ astonishing series stems from a late reckoning with his own childhood abuse