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Quarterly Essay 33 Quarry Vision: Coal, Climate Change and the End of the Resources Boom

by Guy Pearse

This is an essay about "quarry vision", the mindset that sees Australia's greatest asset as its mineral and energy resources - coal especially. How has this distorted our national politics and our response to...


Quarterly Essay 32 American Revolution: The Fall of Wall Street and the Rise of Barack Obama

by Kate Jennings

Where were you when America elected Barack Obama? Kate Jennings was in New York, eyes wide open, completing her take on an amazing time: "the run-up to the election ... a time when every day felt like a year...


Quarterly Essay 29 Love and Money: The Family and the Free Market

by Anne Manne

In Love & Money, Anne Manne looks at the religion of work - its high priests and sacrificial lambs. As family life and motherhood feel the pressure of the market, she asks whether the chief beneficiaries are...


Quarterly Essay 27 Reaction Time: Climate Change and the Nuclear Option

by Ian Lowe

Australia is at a crossroads: if we are to halt global warming, do we need to stride resolutely into a nuclear future?

In this engrossing and persuasive essay, Ian Lowe discusses his one-time belief in the...


Quarterly Essay 26 His Master's Voice: The Corruption of Public Debate under Howard

by David Marr

John Howard has the loudest voice in Australia. He has cowed his critics, muffled the press, intimidated the ABC, gagged scientists, silenced NGOs, censored the arts, prosecuted leakers, criminalised protest...


Pictures from an Expedition

by Diane Smith

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.


Quarterly Essay 31 Now or Never: A Sustainable Future for Australia?

by Tim Flannery

Sometime this century, after 4 billion years, some of Earth's regulatory systems will pass from control through evolution by natural selection, to control by human intelligence. Will humanity rise to the challenge?...


Quarterly Essay 24 No Fixed Address: Nomads and the Fate of the Planet

by Robyn Davidson

After many thousands of years, the nomads are disappearing, swept away by modernity. Robyn Davidson has spent a good part of her life with nomadic cultures - in Australia, north-west India, Tibet and the Indian...


Quarterly Essay 23 The History Question: Who Owns The Past?

by Inga Clendinnen

In the third Quarterly Essay for 2006, Inga Clendinnen looks past the skirmishes and pitched battles of the history wars and asks what's at stake - what kind of history do we want and need? Should our historians...


Quarterly Essay 22 Voting for Jesus: Christianity and Politics In Australia

by Amanda Lohrey

From the Hillsong Church to the Family First Party, Australia appears to be experiencing an evangelical revival. In the second Quarterly Essay for 2006, Amanda Lohrey investigates that revival - its shape and...


Quarterly Essay 25 Bipolar Nation: How to Win the 2007 Election

by Peter Hartcher

In the first Quarterly Essay for 2007, Peter Hartcher discusses the fantasies and realities at the heart of our politics. When our political leaders look at us, what do they see? What are the hopes, fears and...


Quarterly Essay 19 Relaxed and Comfortable: The Liberal Party's Australia

by Judith Brett

What is the Liberal Party's core appeal to Australian voters? Has John Howard made a dramatic break with the past, or has he ingeniously modernised the strategies of his party's founder, Sir Robert Menzies?...


Quarterly Essay 9 Beautiful Lies: Population and Environment in Australia

by Tim Flannery

In the first Quarterly Essay of 2003, Tim Flannery launches an attack on the various lies that we tell ourselves about our resources, our past and our future. The lie of terra nullius that made us ignore the...


Quarterly Essay 8 Groundswell: The Rise of the Greens

by Amanda Lohrey

Who are the Greens, where do they come from and where are they going? In the wake of the Cunningham by-election and the Tasmanian results Amanda Lohrey, novelist and political thinker, looks at the philosophical...


Quarterly Essay 6 Beyond Belief: What Future for Labor?

by John Button

In the second Quarterly Essay of 2002, John Button looks at what has gone wrong with the Labor Party. What has happened to the faith of the True Believers and why is the ALP so bad at recruiting new members?...


Quarterly Essay 1 In Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right

by Robert Manne

In this national bestseller Robert Mane attacks the right-wing campaign against the Bringing them home report that revealed how thousands of Aborigines had been taken from their parents. What was the role of...


Marseguro

Prix Aurora Best novel 2009

by Edward Willett

A BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL ON A DISTANT WATER WORLD

After a worldwide disaster strikes Earth, the planet is taken over by a fanatical religious theocracy. Scientist Victor Hansen flees with a staff of non-genetically...


Quarterly Essay 14 Mission Impossible: The Sheikhs, the U.S. and the Future of Iraq

by Paul McGeough

In the second Quarterly Essay of 2004, Paul McGeough offers a dramatic account of why Iraq remains in chaos despite desperate American efforts to create a model democracy in the Middle East. According to McGeough,...


Quarterly Essay 12 Made in England: Australia's British Inheritance

by David Malouf

In the fourth Quarterly Essay of 2003, David Malouf looks at Australia's bond with Britain and wonders whether it wasn't the Mother Country which did most of the giving. This is an essay which presents British...


Quarterly Essay 17 'Kangaroo Court': Family Law in Australia

by John Hirst

The Family Court was a progressive reform of the 1970s. Now it is perhaps the most hated institution in Australia. In the first Quarterly Essay of 2005, John Hirst investigates what went wrong.

This is a measured...