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  1. Voting for Jesus - Chapter 16

    ... by Max Gillies and the author of Quarterly Essay 3, The Opportunist: John Howard and the Triumph of Reaction , published in 2001.  Christopher Theunissen is Senior ...


  2. Beyond Belief - Chapter 10

    GIRT BY SEA Correspondence John Hirst The Tampa episode was very revealing of the state of ... issues of Quarterly Essay have now been devoted to this issue. Last year Guy Rundle issued The Opportunist: John Howard and the Triumph of Reaction.  Now Mungo MacCallum has produced Girt By Sea: Australia, the ... In 1999 it set up a special taskforce to deal with the issue. It was administering a law that it thought was inadequate and could not ...


  3. Beyond Belief - Chapter 4

    ... that he would become prime minister. He congratulated John Howard and hoped for better things to come. “Bleak Angels” and “Good ... dreaded plague Tampa released by the wicked apothecary John Howard and his scheming assistants. Others were less certain. Later, other ... you’re there at all. It sits naturally with a party of reaction but uncomfortably with a party of progressive reform. Focus groups ... seekers from the government’s when this became the key issue of the election. Wayne Swan, widely regarded as a key Labor strategist, ... had overlooked the fact that the potentially explosive issue of “boat people” had been on the public agenda since early in the ...