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Australia is in transition. Saying it is easy. The panic kicks in when we are compelled to describe what the future might look like. There is no complacent middle to aim at. We will either catch the next wave of prospe... read more

Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal. Quarterly Essay # 61
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Who is Clive Palmer, and what does his ascent say about Australia's creaking political system?In Clivosaurus, Guy Rundle observes Palmer close up, examining his rise to prominence, his beliefs, his deals and his politics - not to mention his poetry. Rundle shows that neither the government nor the med... read more

Clivosaurus: Guy Rundle on Clive Palmer: Quarterly Essay 56
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In this moving and controversial Quarterly Essay, doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock investigates the treatment of the elderly and dying through some unforgettable cases. With honesty and deep experience, she looks at end-of-life decisions, frailty and dementia, over-treatment and escalating costs. Our... read more

Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly: Quarterly Essay 57
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In Dragon's Tail, Andrew Charlton explores the supercharged rise of China and considers Australia's future as the Chinese dragon stirs and shifts. China's rise has been perhaps the most significant economic event in two centuries, occurring 100 times more quickly and on a scale 1000 times larger than ... read more

Dragon's Tail: The Lucky Country after the China Boom (Quarterly Essay 54)
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The top job is within Bill Shorten's grasp. But who is he? How did he rise to become Labor leader? And does he have what it takes to beat Malcolm Turnbull and lead the country? In this dramatic essay, David Marr traces the hidden career of a Labor warrior. He shows how a brilliant recruiter and formid... read more

Faction Man: Bill Shorten's Path To Power: Quarterly Essay Issue 59
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 Cultural, Ideas, Political & Issues

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Whether we're aware of it or not, we spend much of our time in this globalised world in the act of translation. Language is a big part of it, of course, as anyone who has fumbled with a phrasebook in a foreign country will know, but behind language is something far more challenging to translate: cultu... read more

Linda Jaivin on Translation: Quarterly Essay 52
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 Philosophy

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For the first time in history, humans sit unchallenged at the top of the food chain. As we encroach on the wild and a vast wave of extinctions gathers force, how has our relationship with animals changed?In this dazzling essay, Anna Krien investigates the world we have made and the complexity of the c... read more

Quarterly Essay 45 - Us and Them: On The Importance Of Animals
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Winner of the 2013 John Button Prize The essential work on Tony Abbott is now an expanded, updated short book - and a crucial election-year companion. Australians want to know: what kind of man is Tony Abbott, and how would he perform as prime minister? In this dramatic portrait, David Marr shows t... read more

Quarterly Essay 47 - Political Animal: David Marr on Tony Abbott
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When it comes to the natural world, Australia is home to a disproportionately large share of the world's riches. That means we Australians are caretakers of a unique natural heritage in a land which tolerates few mistakes. So how are we doing?In Quarterly Essay 48 Tim Flannery says: we're often failin... read more

Quarterly Essay 48 - After the Future
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'During the term of the Rudd and Gillard governments, criticism of the Labor Party became a national pastime.' So writes Mark Latham, a one-time leader of the party and still its most perceptive - and fiercest - critic.In Quarterly Essay 49, Latham argues that the time has come to go beyond criticism ... read more

Quarterly Essay 49 - Not Dead Yet - Labor's Post-Left Future
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On the surface, it seems the best time ever to be a woman in Australia. The prime minister, governor-general and the richest person are all female; women are at the forefront of almost every area of public life. Yet when Julia Gillard's misogyny speech ricocheted around the world, it clearly touched a... read more

Quarterly Essay 50 - Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny
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The nation has unfinished business. After more than two centuries, can a rightful place be found for Australia's original peoples? Soon we will all decide if and how indigenous Australians will be recognised in the constitution.  In the words of Professor Greg Craven: 'We have a committed prime minist... read more

Quarterly Essay 55 Noel Pearson on race and recognition
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