Robert Manne is emeritus professor of politics and vice-chancellor’s fellow at La Trobe University. His most recent books are The Mind of the Islamic State and On Borrowed Time.
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Yes, Virginia, there is a solution to Australia’s asylum-seeker problem
Despite Canberra group-think, there is no longer any plausible reason to keep asylum seekers in detention
Malcolm Turnbull: A brief lament
The climate-science champion of 2010 has morphed into the fossil-fuel supporter of 2016
The national broadside
The Australian’s campaign against Gillian Triggs is another in a long line of crude culture-war offensives
The government’s new legislation is an opportunity for Labor to end 15 years of bipartisan cruelty to asylum seekers
The mind of the Islamic State
An ideology of savagery
Born in Australia
Thornton McCamish’s ‘Our Man Elsewhere: In search of Alan Moorehead’ is an antidote to forgetfulness
How has it come to this?
Our asylum-seeker system has been taken over by a rigid, irrational mindset
Why have we failed to address climate change?
Deterrents and resettlement may be the only way to break the asylum-seeker gridlock
Laudato Si’: A political reading
The papal encyclical is the first work that has risen to the full challenge of climate change
Broken faith in politics
Australia has cheerfully grown complacent, self-absorbed and selfish
Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’
The revenge of the Kelly Gang
In the October issue of The Monthly I wrote “Kelly Country”, a 2,200 word Comment on Paul Kelly’s Triumph and Demise. The Comment began by praising Kelly’s The End of Certainty as perhaps the most influential book about …
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