Robert Manne


100 ENTRIES 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.



Watch Hannah Arendt In Conversation

Hannah Arendt was one of the most significant and profound political thinkers of the twentieth century. Recently the German director, Margarethe von Trotta, has produced a film about her, centring on the period when she wrote her book on the Eichmann …

Rupert Murdoch, 2012 © Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters


Why Rupert Murdoch can’t be stopped

The political empire of the News Corp chairman

Wilfred Burchett in Vietnam, c.1965. © The Wilfred Burchett Estate


Wilfred Burchett and the KGB

The legendary war correspondent was in the pay of the KGB

We Steal Secrets: A response from Alex Gibney


We Steal Secrets: A response from Alex Gibney

Dear Robert:  Here are my reactions to your review.  They appear as comments in your text.  While I disagree with most of your views, I thank you for expressing them in a dispassionate way. Best, Alex   We …

Alex Gibney’s ‘We Steal Secrets: the Story of WikiLeaks’


Alex Gibney’s ‘We Steal Secrets: the Story of WikiLeaks’

This documentary’s sympathies are not with Julian Assange

Stolen Generations

Abbott steps up on reconciliation

Lest we forget

Mural at Woomera Immigration Reception and Processing Centre. © Dean Sewell / Oculi


Australia’s shipwrecked refugee policy

Tragedy of Errors

La Trobe University library, Bundoora campus. Peter Halasz


On the University Experience – Then and Now

Before the Second World War a very small minority of the population in Western societies, predominantly men, predominantly from the social elite, went to universities. From the late 1950s that changed, with a progressively larger number of people on the …

A boat moored on Ballarat's Lake Wendouree in 2007. © Ian Kenins


How vested interests defeated climate science

A Dark Victory

The Return of Rudd?

Labor Party

The Return of Rudd?

Sometimes the choices politicians have to make are excruciatingly difficult. However in the case of the present leadership bid being waged by the pro-Rudd forces, the choice before members of the federal Labor Party caucus is really very simple. In June …

Rupert Murdoch after facing the Leveson inquiry, 26 April 2012. © Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Rupert Murdoch

Murdoch & Company

Rupert is finally reaping what he sowed

Margaret Simons and the Australian

Margaret Simons and the Australian

If you are not a reader of the Australian, you will find the story I am about to tell difficult to believe. On October 26 last year a member of the secretariat of the Finkelstein media inquiry, Brian Kelleher, phoned and then emailed …

Malcolm Turnbull, Sydney, March 2012. © Julia Kingma


One morning with Malcolm Turnbull

On life in politics

The 1901 Federal Labor Party and Julia Gillard digitally compiled from © 2011 Kate Lundy/Flickr under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Labor Party

The Long Goodbye: Explaining Gillard’s Collapse

Almost every political observer recognises that unless something altogether unexpected happens, by late 2013 Australia will have an Abbott government. The more contentious question is what has gone wrong for Labor. This piece is offered as a contribution …

The Australian newspaper

Payback: The Bullying Tactics of the Murdoch Press

The Australian is not a subtle newspaper. But it certainly has a genius for timing. Within hours of the publication of the Finkelstein report, which documents the widespread public disillusionment with the ethical standards and the political …