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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John Howard and his wife Janette wave to the audience at the launch of the Liberal Party's doomed election campaign, Brisbane, 12 November 2007. © William West / AFP / Getty Images

Man of Wood

Politics

Robert Manne on John Howard’s ‘Lazarus Rising’

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The rise of the Greens

Politics

Politics is indeed a strange business. We have recently experienced the most dismal election campaign in memory, where the argument between the major parties turned on a series of confected panics about cynically selected non-problems – the reincarnation …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Asylum seekers

Politics

The first boat in Australian history with asylum seekers on board reached our northern coastline in April 1976. Over the next 34 years a further 24,000 boatpeople, as they came to be called, arrived. One of the most intriguing and puzzling questions of …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Rudd’s collapse

Politics

In the history of Australian politics there has never been a collapse as dramatic, unexpected and unnecessary as the one experienced by Kevin Rudd during the past two months. Those who have been supporters of the prime minister and his government must …

State of tomorrow

Culture

Tony Judt’s 'Ill Fares the Land'

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

On your bike, Tony Abbott

Politics

In 2010, Manne hoped Abbott would exit early

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

After Copenhagen

Politics

Over 200 years ago human beings began burning large quantities of the coal, oil and natural gas that had been buried under the Earth’s surface for hundreds of millions of years. This may eventually come to be seen as the most fatal misstep in the history …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Keith Windschuttle

Politics

Late last year, to a strangely muffled fanfare from his friends, the third volume of Keith Windschuttle’s self-published magnum opus, The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, appeared. Its subject is the stolen generations. Windschuttle must …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

The history wars

Politics

Paul Keating and John Howard were early players in what Australians have come to call the History Wars, whose main field of battle is the bitter and still unresolved cultural struggle over the nature of the Indigenous dispossession and the place it should …

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