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[16 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

John Curtin’s War, Volume 1
John Edwards
Viking $49.99
Review by Ross Fitzgerald
People have different ideas about turning points in our history. I would argue that John Curtin’s leadership during the Pacific War was pivotal. Gallipoli is a legend, the Western Front is important and Federation in 1901 is crucial but, as with John Edwards in his most recent book, I think it’s the ALP’s John Curtin who really helped secure our future.
On October 7, 1941, a mere eight weeks before Japan launched its war in the Pacific, Curtin became Australia’s 14th …

Columns »

[8 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

To stay or go?
Senator Lucy Gichuhi’s decision to sit with the Liberal Party is a small but important step militating against the fragmentation of centre-right politics. She’s obviously decided that she can achieve more as part of a government or potential government than as a lone or isolated voice crying in the wilderness. For Malcolm Turnbull, this is the sort of consolidation he’d like: a new MP that should make it slightly easier for him to get legislation through the Senate. The question, though, is how much unity …

Books, Featured »

[5 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

Well-known author and commentator, Professor Ross Fitzgerald, and Antony Funnell, of ABC Radio National’s “Future Tense” fame, have produced the funniest Grafton Everest novel yet.
The previous Grafton adventure, Going Out Backwards, was shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing.
Ross Fitzgerald AM is the author of 40 books, including a memoir My Name Is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey; and the sexual/political satire Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing.
Antony Funnell is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and author. …