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35 ENTRIES Nick Dyrenfurth is the executive director of the John Curtin Research Centre. He is the author or editor of 12 books spanning history, politics and children’s fiction, including Getting the BluesThe Write StuffA Little History of the Australian Labor PartyMateship: A Very Australian HistoryA New History of the AWU and All That’s Left



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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese listens to Treasurer Jim Chalmers during Question Time. Albanese wears a stern expression and is in focus in the image. Chalmers, in the foreground, is out of focus.

Politics

What would Bob Hawke do?

It’s 40 years since Bob Hawke became Labor leader. Now the Albanese government must throw off nostalgia while continuing the Labor tradition of reform.

Katie Hopkins. Image via Instagram

Society

Katie Hopkins and libertarianism’s death sentence

The British media personality is the latest libertarian to be mugged by reality

Cartoon image of man with head in the clouds

Politics

The return of the lucky country

The pandemic has exposed the truth of Donald Horne’s phrase, and the morbid state of our national leadership

Image of Keir Starmer

Politics

It’s the ‘labour’ party, stupid!

New UK Labour leader Keir Starmer’s predicament contains lessons for Australian Labor

Image of federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Politics

The Daily Telegraph’s slipshod hit on Bill Shorten

The tabloid’s Ann Shorten article completely missed the point

Things don’t always get better

Politics

Things don’t always get better

Commentators are wrong to talk about a “Labor-lite” budget

Rinse, repeat

Politics

Rinse, repeat

The Turnbull government loves to announce big new policies, but can’t get any of them to stick

Howard’s chickens come home to roost

Politics

Howard’s chickens come home to roost

The government’s move on 457 visas is proof that John Howard’s short-termism is here to stay

Howard’s children

blog

Howard’s children

Too many Liberal ministers have an uncritical nostalgia for the Howard years

The tragedy of Mark Latham

Politics

The tragedy of Mark Latham

The great hope of the Labor Party has become what he once despised

Once were conservatives

Politics

Once were conservatives

The fallout over 18C puts the Liberal Party at odds with mainstream conservatism

Pauline is no friend of the workers

Politics

Pauline is no friend of the workers

One Nation’s leader claims to champion the working class, but her actions tell a different story

It’s the mandate wot lost it

Politics

It’s the mandate wot lost it

Like its predecessors, the Coalition government is still struggling to find a clear direction

Losing focus

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Losing focus

Malcolm Turnbull’s tirade revealed more about the PM than it did about Bill Shorten

Bubbling along

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Bubbling along

Theatrics in Canberra don’t do much for those left behind by economic change

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