‘Decades of government outsourcing and waves of senior redundancies have left much of the nation's public service unable to provide proper and effective advice to politicians and their voters, say two former Treasury bosses.’
‘The periodic mass axing of public service heads upon the arrival of incoming conservative governments has created a caution in the culture. The bureaucracy has been cowed both by the prospect of being sacked and by a reward system which punishes taking risks.’
David Marr and Sophie Black discuss Bill Shorten and David's latest Quarterly Essay Faction Man at the Wheeler Centre.
Also available to download as a podcast.
‘Journalist David Marr has uncovered new details about Mr Shorten's lesser role in the Rudd return in a Quarterly Essay published on Monday entitled Faction Man.’
‘The Opposition Leader has had plenty of time to show he has what it takes to lead the nation, but has been found wanting.’
‘Most politicians have a deep and insatiable need to be loved, but even among those in his own party Bill Shorten's pursuit of affection can seem a little desperate.’
David Marr in The Drum on the problem with Bill Shorten.
Blood Year by David Kilcullen has been shortlisted for a 2015 Walkley Award.
‘There are no quick solutions to current global conflict. But we risk a regional conflagration in the Middle East if the west doesn’t do more to contain Isis now.’
Read an extract from Quarterly Essay 58 Blood Year online at the Guardian.
‘part history, part enlightened analysis, part commentary, part provocation and part mea culpa’ – The Saturday Paper reviews Blood Year by David Kilcullen.
“Simply put, the Islamic State is, or is on the verge of becoming, what it claims to be: a state.”
Read an extract from QE58: Blood Year by David Kilcullen online at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Stephen Romei writes in the Australian that Dear Life by Karen Hitchcock “should be required reading for every Australian.”
Quarterly Essay congratulates Paul Toohey on winning the best long feature-writing prize at the Walkley Awards. His essay That Sinking Feeling: Asylum Seekers and the Search for the Indonesian Solution is a powerful and original work of reportage that reveals the lives of asylum seekers and the politics of Australia's response to them.
A Rightful Place: Race, recognition and a more complete Commonwealth by Noel Pearson has been has been hailed as a "pivotal and illuminating contribution to the national debate."
Quarterly Essay 47 Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott by David Marr has been shortlisted for the 2013 John Button Prize.
James Brown, Annabel Crabb, Tim Flannery, Linda Jaivin, David Malouf, Robert Manne, David Marr, George Megalogenis, Laura Tingle and Don Watson will be guests of the 2016 Sydney Writers Festival.
George Megalogenis and James Brown will discuss Brown’s new Quarterly Essay, On Going to War, a gripping examination of perhaps the gravest decision a nation and its leaders may make: whether or not to go to war.
Date: 16 June 2016
Venue: Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St, Carlton, VIC 3053.
Tickets: $25 with essay / $5 for subscribers. Please book online.