Robert Manne

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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.



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Society

Hotting up

During the past several weeks I have been reading, with a racing pulse, some recent literature on global warming while watching, with a sinking heart, the political skirmishes connected to the introduction of the Rudd government's emissions-trading scheme. …

Stolen Generations

The Stolen Generations

A documentary collection

Keith Windschuttle and Robert Edgerton: a comparison of texts

In November 2002 Keith Windschuttle published The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, volume one: Van Diemen's Land: 1803-1847. The publication was instantly greeted as a major cultural event almost entirely because of the accusation raised by …

Agent of influence

Politics

Agent of influence

Reassessing Wilfred Burchett

Wilfred Burchett

Wilfred Burchett booklist

Tom Heenan, From Traveller to Traitor: The Life of Wilfred Burchett(Melbourne University Publishing, 2006)George Burchett & Nick Shimmin, eds, Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist: The Autobiography of Wilfred Burchett(University of New …

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nation_reviewed

2020 hindsight

When my university offered to nominate me to attend the 2020 Summit, I accepted at once. Given that I had recently edited a book of ideas for a better Australia, it seemed churlish not to agree. But there was more to it than that. For the past decade …

Sorry business

Politics

Sorry business

The road to the apology

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Politics

Changing of the guard

There are two distinct questions concerning the political events of late last year which it is important not to confuse. Why did the Howard government lose office? What does the Rudd victory mean? Attempting to find an answer to the first is the far …

essay

New Teeth for Aunty

Reinvigorating the national broadcaster

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Politics

Why we need a change of government

In the October issue of the Australian Literary Review, Australia’s most influential political journalist, Paul Kelly, published an article attacking Australia’s intellectuals. Kelly sought to turn Donald Horne on his head. Horne …

essay

A desert inside

Saul Friedländer’s ‘The Years of Extermination’

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Politics

Comment

A senior press-gallery journalist, one who frequently accompanies the prime minister on his foreign trips, once informed a gathering at which I was present that when John Howard visited Italy he declined an invitation to view the ceiling of the Sistine …

Pearson’s gamble, Stanner’s dream

Politics

Pearson’s gamble, Stanner’s dream

The past and future of remote Australia

arts

The lost enchanted world

Sven Lindqvist’s ‘Terra Nullius’ & Louis Nowra’s ‘Bad Dreaming’

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Politics

Corrosion of character

In early March the ABC broadcast a superb episode of The West Wing, the series about the US presidency to which many politically minded Australians have become addicted. Nothing on television better captures the reality of contemporary democratic …