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Pauline Hanson's One Nation 'wouldn't last a week without her', David Marr says

Journalist David Marr says he likes Pauline Hanson's voice; he likes it in the way he liked Julia Gillard's voice. It cuts through, it is distinctive.

David Marr talks Pauline Hanson's appeal and One Nation's ambitions of expanding into Tasmania

For David Marr’s latest Quarterly Essay contribution, the decorated journalist drew on his experience accompanying One Nation leader Pauline Hanson on the campaign trail in Tasmania 20 years ago.

Politics podcast: David Marr on Pauline Hanson’s star power

In his latest Quarterly Essay, journalist David Marr delves into why Pauline Hanson attracts so much attention. Looking at figures from the last election, Marr also paints a portrait of those voting for One Nation.

Extract: Looking back, and angry: what drives Pauline Hanson's voters

In an extract from his new Quarterly Essay, David Marr finds that One Nation voters are richer, more urban and more liberal than you might expect. But they are profoundly nostalgic, display an unusual gloom and share a vehemently anti-government streak

Extract: David Marr on Pauline Hanson's political dalliance with John Howard

David Marr has been watching Pauline Hanson since she first hit the national stage in divisive style in 1996. He reflects on the way the federal MP has unnerved big- and small-I liberals.

News: Your handy guide to political newspeak

David Marr on how to combat unwelcome ideas about sex, women, human rights and especially race.

News: Helen Razer on Stan Grant's Australian Dream

‘Like all the world’s most horrific complexes, racism is a difficult thing to describe. You may know it very well when you see it, and, if you’re a person of colour, you will see it vividly and often. But, this does not by necessity mean you can trace its historic origins, or plot the way it is likely to adapt over region and time. This labour is one we must demand from our intellectuals—these are the only people with the time to do it. In a new Quarterly Essay The Australian Dream, journalist Stan Grant obliges. He takes the time to chart a part of that horrific complex as it has played out, and continues to play out, in our nation.’

Read Helen Razer on Stan Grant's Australian Dream in the Daily Review.

News: 'Can an Aborigine be a Smiths fan? I can be whatever I damn like'

‘What do I have in common with the Jews? I hardly have anything in common with myself.’ —Franz Kafka

Read an extract from The Australian Dream online at the Sydney Morning Herald.

News: America in a time of Trump and Clinton

Don Watson was recorded in conversation with Paul Barclay at the Brisbane Powerhouse on September 25, 2016.

Their conversation is now available to listen to online.

News: Don Watson: Donald Trump's political rise hints at modern take on fascism

‘Millions of Americans feel they have been robbed of their birthright. The country's wealth, history and traditions have been subverted or gifted to others. The American future is not theirs. They were losing long before the Great Recession, and since it hit they've lost even more. The greatest country on earth is becoming someone else's: that's if it still is the greatest country. Hell, when did they last win a war? An actual shooting war? Grenada?’

Read an extract from Enemy Within by Don Watson in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Events

Event: The Politics of Fear

Sophie Black talks to respected journalist and social commentator David Marr, and satirist, documentarian and writer John Safran about the politics of fear in Australia today. David’s Quarterly Essay The White Queen examines the power of the fearful in this confident and prosperous nation, while John’s Depends What You Mean By Extremist explores the world of misfits who propelled the second coming of Pauline Hanson and foreshadowed the era of Trump. This is an insight into contemporary Australia and its extremes. 

 

Date: 25 May 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: SWF, Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, NSW.
Tickets: $35 / $25. Please book online.

SWF: Crimes of the Father

As country after country reels from revelations about the systemic sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, three of Australia’s pre‑eminent voices discuss the crimes and causes of this institutional dysfunction. Tom Keneally (Crimes of the Father), David Marr (Quarterly Essay: The Prince), and James M. Miller (The Priests) join Louise Adler for a powerful conversation about sexual abuse, conscience and celibacy in the Catholic Church.

Date: 25 May 2017
Time: 3:00pm
Venue: SWF, Wharf 2 Theatre Pier 4/5, Hickson Road Walsh Bay, NSW.
Tickets: $20 / $15. Please book online.

Stan Grant: The Australian Dream

In 2015, Wiradjuri man and award-winning journalist Stan Grant made a splash with his book Talking to My Country. In his new landmark Quarterly Essay, he makes the case for a more capacious Australian Dream with a place for all Indigenous people that includes those flourishing on intellectual, cultural and sporting fields, as well as those in detention or living in the shadows. He appears in conversation with Susan Carland.

 

Date: 26 May 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: SWF, Pier 2/3 Main Stage Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
Tickets: $20 / $15. Please book online.

Event: Anna Krien in conversation with Chloe Hooper

Quarterly Essay 66: Anna Krien on the Climate Deadlock explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found. Anna, one of Australia’s leading narrative journalists, will talk about it all another one: Chloe Hooper (The Tall Man). 

 

Date: 19 June 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton.
Tickets: $25. Please book online.

Event: Anna Krien in conversation with Will Steffen

Anna Krien will be in conversation with Will Steffen to discuss her new book, Quarterly Essay 66, The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia's Climate Deadlock, which explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She visits frontlines in Australia's climate wars - the Great Barrier Reef, South Australia, the Coalition party room. She looks at the global state of play. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found.

 

Date: 21 June 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Copland Lecture Theatre, Copland Building, 25 Kingsley Street, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2601.
Tickets: This is a free event. Please book online.

Event: Anna Krien - On the Climate Deadlock

In this vivid, urgent essay, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She visits frontlines in Australia's climate wars - the Great Barrier Reef, the Hunter Valley, the Coalition party room. She looks at the global state of play. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found. 

 

Date: 22 June 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney Australia.
Tickets: $12 / $9 / gleeclub free. Please book online.

Event: Writers @ Stanton: Anna Krien

In this vivid, urgent Quarterly Essay, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She visits frontlines in Australia's climate wars - the Great Barrier Reef, South Australia, the Coalition party room. She looks at the global state of play. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found.

The author talk is followed by question time and the opportunity for book signing.

There is seating for 100 people and standing room is available. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. If you have specific accessibility or seating requirements, please contact the library prior to the event.

 

Date: 22 June 2017
Time: 1:00pm
Venue: Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060.
Tickets: This is a free event. Please book online.

Event: Anna Krien on the Climate Deadlock

ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay is in-conversation with Anna Krien discussing her Quarterly Essay: On The Climate Deadlock. 

In this vivid, urgent essay, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She visits frontlines in Australia's climate wars – the Great Barrier Reef, South Australia, the Coalition party room. She looks at the global state of play. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found.

 

Date: 27 June 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End Qld 4101.
Tickets: $10. Please book online.

Event: In Conversation with Quarterly Essayist, Anna Krien

UWA Oceans Institute, the City of Perth Library & Boffins Books are pleased to present Anna Krien, author of the latest Quarterly Essay #66 The Climate Deadlock.

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Extreme weather is becoming all too familiar. And the Coalition government is divided and paralysed.

This presentation will be chaired by Professor Gary Kendrick, UWA Oceans Institute. 

Date: 28 June 2017
Time: 6:15pm
Venue: The University of Western Australia, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (Building 453), Cnr of Fairway and Fairway Entrance 4, Crawley WA 6009.
Tickets: $12. Please book online.