Robert Manne
Robert Manne

Robert Manne is professor of politics at La Trobe University and a regular commentator with the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and ABC radio and television.

His most recent books include Goodbye to All That?: On the Failure of Neo-liberalism and the Urgency of ChangeLeft, Right, Left: Political Essays 1977–2005Dear Mr Rudd: Ideas for a Better Australia (ed.), W.E.H. Stanner: The Dreaming and Other Essays(ed.), Making Trouble: Essays Against the New Australian Complacency, Quarterly Essay 43 Bad News: Murdoch's Australian and the Shaping of the Nation (2012) and The Words That Made Australia: How a Nation Came to Know Itself (2012.)

In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

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Quarterly Essay 43: Bad News
Murdoch's Australian and the shaping of the nation

In recent years, there has seen unprecedented scrutiny of Rupert Murdoch’s empire in Britain. But what about in Australia, where he owns 70 per cent of the press? In Bad News, Robert Manne investigates Murdoch’s lead political voice here, the Australian newspaper, and how it shapes debate.

Quarterly Essay 13: Sending Them Home
Refugees and the new politics of indifference

In Sending Them Home, Robert Manne tells the stories of individual asylum seekers and finds in their experience the seeds of a devastating critique. Sending Them Home also contains a groundbreaking account of conditions in the offshore processing camps on Nauru.


Quarterly Essay 1: In Denial
The stolen generations and the Right

In this national bestseller Robert Manne attacks the right-wing campaign against the Bringing them home report that revealed how thousands of Aboriginal children had been taken from their parents.