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[26 May 2018 | No Comment | 91 views ]

by Peter Pierce
‘So Far, So Good’
By Ross Fitzgerald and Antony Funnell
Hybrid Publications, 214pp, $22.95
‘The Power Game’
By Meg Keneally and Tom Keneally
Vintage, 317pp, $32.99
The first appearance of Ross Fitzgerald’s apparently bumbling hero, Dr Professor Grafton Everest, was in ‘Pushed From the Wings’ (1986). Books two and three followed soon after, but the fourth had to wait until 2011, when Fitzgerald collaborated with Trevor Jordan. Next he enlisted Ian McFadyen, and now ‘So Far, So Good’ has been written in the evidently …

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[18 May 2018 | No Comment | 110 views ]

History of Queensland’s ‘Red North’ recounted
by Jim McIlroy
The recently re-published classic history of radical politics in Queensland, ‘The Red North:The Popular Front in North Queensland’, was launched at a series of forums in Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns over the past month.
First published in 1981, ‘The Red North’ by Diane Menghetti is now back in print in a new edition published by Resistance Books.
South of the border, Queensland may be better known for the reactionary Joh Bjelke-Petersen regime …

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[17 May 2018 | One Comment | 180 views ]

The unwritten rule that the PM broke now protects him
It may be far too early to declare Malcolm Turnbull a potential winner of the next federal election but it’s not too early to declare that it’s now a real contest.
Despite Prime Minister Turnbull’s long losing run in Newspoll (we’re up to 32 now), with a strong and united federal election campaign the gap is now bridgeable and there’s every chance that the super-Saturday of …

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[12 May 2018 | No Comment | 109 views ]

Cameron Woodhead’s review of Ross Fitzgerald & Antony Funnell, SO FAR, SO GOOD – AN ENTERTAINMENT (Hybrid Publishing : Melbourne, 2018, $22.95.
Professor Dr Grafton Everest returns for a sixth adventure in ‘So Far, So Good’ and he’s on hiatus from politics, having blimpishly held the Senate to ransom (like a kind of superannuated academic version of Clive Palmer) last time.
The bloated mock-hero was never going to retire quietly to Mangoland, of course, and he’s about to be unwittingly lured back …

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[5 May 2018 | No Comment | 137 views ]

by Phil Brown
When Ross Fitzgerald was embarking on his latest satirical novel, he was thinking of setting much of it in the US, which seemed ripe for satire. Taking his infamous protagonist Grafton Everest offshore seemed like the next step – but there was a problem. Fitzgerald, and co-author, Antony Funnell realised that America was actually beyond satire.
“Antony and I thought – how can you satirise America when they’ve got Trump?” Fitzgerald says.
“Grafton does visit the US in …

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[3 May 2018 | No Comment | 138 views ]

‘So Far, So Good – An Entertainment’
by Ross Fitzgerald and Antony Funnell
Hybrid Publishing: Melbourne, 2018, pp 224, $22.95
ISBN 978-1-9252272-97-0
Reviewed by Ian McFadyen
When Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, irascible U.S. comedian Lewis Black declared angrily that thanks to that event, he was now out of a job. What he meant was that the ascendancy of …