Robert Manne is emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. His recent books include On Borrowed TimeMaking Trouble: Essays Against the New Complacency, and The Words that Made Australia (as co-editor). He has written three Quarterly Essays and is a regular contributor to the Monthly and the Guardian.


Robert Manne investigates Rupert Murdoch’s lead political voice here, the Australian newspaper, and how it shapes debate.
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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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