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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Judith Brett is emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University and one of Australia’s leading political thinkers. A former editor of Meanjin and columnist for The Age, she won the National Biography Award in 2018 for The Enigmatic Mr Deakin. Her other books include From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting, Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People and Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class.

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What are the prospects for a new compact between country and city in Australia in the twenty-first century?
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Brett is one of our most experienced and sober commentators on currents in the conservative/rural stream, and always deserves a hearing. Fair Share gives a clear and solid account on how we have come to focus on the Big Country as a problem.

The Canberra Times

An unalloyed expose of the plight of those who live in the countryside.

Ross Fitzgerald, The Australian

A clear and compelling account of how the country went from being a key source of the nation’s economy, pride and sense of self, to a problem that needs to be addressed.

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Cry Me a River Subtitle The Tragedy of the Murray–Darling Basin
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