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[30 Aug 2018 | One Comment | ]

Here’s my lead article in Spectator Australia.
Thanks for nothing, Malcolm.
by ROSS FITZGERALD
One thing we can be sure of is that the Liberal prime minister who once tried to join the Labor Party won’t be attending too many Liberal party gatherings in his retirement.
Before he moved too far to the left, even Malcolm Fraser had accepted life membership and had a retirement tilt at the Liberal party presidency. John Howard is still a rock star at party fundraisers, campaigns for key candidates, and chaired a committee recommending …

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[28 Aug 2018 | No Comment | ]

Edward Cranswick
The 1066 Committee and All That
‘So Far, So Good’
by Ross Fitzgerald & Antony Funnell
Hybrid Publishers, 2018, 214 pages, $22.95
I think it was Salman Rushdie who once opined that the Thatcher era was a great time for satire.
The whiff of ideology is a godsend for the able pen —satire the means by which we create distance from our partisan hallucinations. The same has not held true —or at least not true enough— in our own time.
If satire works by stretching a social or political tendency to its (preposterous) logical conclusion, …

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[16 Aug 2018 | No Comment | ]

AUSTRALIAN NOTES: Energy wars
by Ross Fitzgerald
It’s a brave observer of politics who disagrees with Paul Kelly, who is rightly regarded as the finest Australian political journalist of his generation. In a series of strongly argued pieces for The Australian, Kelly has urged support for the government’s National Energy Guarantee; not because it’s the best policy but because it’s the least bad option on offer, and the only way to end the energy policy wars that Kelly rightly says have bedevilled our politics for over a decade and helped to …

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[11 Aug 2018 | No Comment | ]

Sons of Guns: Inspiring True Stories from Great Footballing Families
By Matt Watson
Michael Joseph, 278pp, $34.99
Reviewed by ROSS FITZGERALD
When Collingwood, the mighty Magpies, won four Victorian Football League premierships in a row in the late 1920s, my father Bill (“Long Tom”) Fitzgerald played more than 100 games for the seconds. Yet he never pulled on a jumper for the firsts.
Even so, what he did instil in me was an abiding love of the club. Also he taught me that — win, lose, …

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[4 Aug 2018 | No Comment | ]

Review : ‘Best We Forget: The War for White Australia, 1914-18’
By Peter Cochrane
Text, 264pp, $32.99
by ROSS FITZGERALD
Peter Cochrane’s ‘Best We Forget’ is unsettling and revelatory in how it connects the Anzac legend with the White Australia policy.
As Cochrane makes clear, while collective memory about the Great War recalls a rallying to the imperial cause against Germany, the underside to the story is that before 1914 Australian governments were primarily concerned with perils in the Pacific, particularly the burgeoning power of Japan.
Hence the belief that our national security and what the …