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David Marr

May 26th, 2017

In previousQuarterly Essays, David Marr has turned his merciless pen to powerful men of the establishment: George Pell, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten. In his new biographical essay, however, Marr’s subject is a self-styled populist outlier and a woman: Pauline Hanson. As Australian political figures go, they don’t come much more...

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State of the Nation

May 10th, 2017

c Sally Warhaft and Kerry O'Brien — Photo: Shannon Hick We’ve all heard the ‘jobs and growth’ mantra, but what are the specifics of the Turnbull Government’s vision for the country? At this special Fifth Estate discussion, the day after Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the 2017 budget, Sally Warhaft and veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien unpack...

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100 Days

May 1st, 2017

A lot has been made of the importance of an American president’s first 100 days. That period has long been considered a crucial measure of their intentions and abilities –and a distillation, in many ways, of what’s to follow. The idea dates back to President Roosevelt –who, taking office during the Great Depression in 1933, immediately launched...

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Behind the Broadsheet

April 16th, 2017

Sally Warhaft and Chris Mitchell in conversation Last year, when Chris Mitchell released his memoir,Making Headlines,much was made of the book’s more gossipy elements: the fancy dinners, brazen ultimatums and the sometimes bitter quarrels with various powerful figures. In this conversation, Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft goes deeper with the...