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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 ChangeMaking Trouble: Essays Against the New Australian Complacency, Quarterly Essay 43, Bad News: Murdoch's Australian and the Shaping of the Nation and The Words That Made Australia: How a Nation Came to Know Itself.

The Australian sees itself not as a mere newspaper, but as a player in the game of national politics, calling upon the vast resources of the Murdoch empire and the millions of words it has available to it to try to make and unmake governments.

—Robert Manne, Bad News

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Robert Manne investigates Rupert Murdoch’s lead political voice here, the Australian newspaper, and how it shapes debate.
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PUBLISHED: September 2011
RRP: $15.95
ISBN: 9781863955447 PAPERBACK
ISBN: 9781921825101 EBOOK


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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

A devastating expose.

Clive Hamilton, Crikey

Fairness and integrity are under the microscope in this scathing analysis of Murdoch’s flagship.

Peter Craven, Sydney Morning Herald

The are many things to admire about Professor Robert Manne. He’s a prolific writer. He’s incredibly intelligent. And he’s brave.

Josh Rosner, The Canberra Times

In our shrinking broadsheet market, it would be good if the healthiest specimen, and the only national one, recognised that we need more mutual respect in public debate if we are ever going to sort through the complex problems and opportunities that confront us.

Robert Phiddian, Australian Book Review

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