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.


Event: Supper Club with David Marr

In the new Quarterly Essay, The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race, David looks at Australia’s politics of fear, resentment and race and prejudice.

David Marr will be joined in conversation by journalist William Verity.

Tickets: $45 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.
Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634


Date: 10 May 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Centennial Vineyards, 252 Centennial Road, Bowral, New South Wales 2576.
Tickets: $45. Please call (02) 4862 1634 to book.

Event: David Marr on The White Queen

In this timely Quarterly Essay, David Marr looks at Australia’s politics of fear, resentment and race. Who votes One Nation, and why? How much of this is due to inequality? How much to racism? How should the major parties respond to anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim voices? What damage do Australia’s new entrepreneurs of hate inflict on the nation?


Date: 22 May 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: My Bookshop, 430 Toorak Road, Toorak VIC 3142.

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.