Robert Manne

Robert Manne
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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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?

Slow death


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

Wilful blindness

Book review

Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’

The revenge of the Kelly Gang

The Australian

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 …

The ideological sheltered workshop, a.k.a. "The Australian"


The ‘Cut and Paste’ section of The Australian on October 8 had the following headline: So who’s in denial now about what the science is saying about global warming? It was followed by the sub-heading: Here at …

Paul Kelly and Kevin Rudd laughing together at the launch of The March of Patriots in 2009

Kelly country

Australian Politics

Contesting Paul Kelly’s ‘Triumph and Demise’