Derek Parker

Australian books

15 December 2018 9:00 am

There is the feeling that after ten years of political failures and assorted cultural nonsense the community is yearning for…

Flexing China’s muscles

17 November 2018 9:00 am

We live in interesting times. And, according to Taylor, a respected academic from the Australian National University specialising in geopolitics,…

Misplaced nostalgia

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Michelle Grattan has been a part of the political landscape for nearly a half-century, so when she says that there…

Oddballs and lefties

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Ah, populism: is it a fulsome democratic expression of giving people what they want or merely join-the-dots fear-mongering? Bit of…

Books of 2017 – reviewed

16 December 2017 9:00 am

When we look back at 2017 we will probably remember it as a year of minor issues that turned into…

God’s children

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Once upon a time, Christianity in Australia was seen as the One True Faith. These days, it is likely to…

The year in books

12 December 2015 9:00 am

In an age of white noise Christopher Pyne’s A Letter to My Children (MUP, $33) stands out as a loving…

Aussie royals

3 October 2015 9:00 am

If the issue of Australia becoming a republic is a marathon rather than a sprint, the republicans never had a…

Pollie peddling

15 August 2015 9:00 am

When Christopher Pyne’s A Letter to My Children was launched, a bunch of radical students mounted a violent demonstration. The…

In the bunker

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Wars make myths; probably no-one understood that better than Charles Bean, Australia’s first true war writer and a person who…

In the bunker

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Wars make myths; probably no-one understood that better than Charles Bean, Australia’s first true war writer and a person who…

Tales to tell

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The short story has long been a staple of Australian literature but has had something of a rough ride in…

Buffoonery

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Not so much striding across the political landscape as huffing and puffing his way through the back rooms, Clive Palmer…

Under the bed

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The bogeyman of the ASIO agent under the bed has long been an obsession of the Left, and judging from…

Genocidal thoughts

15 November 2014 9:00 am

It takes a certain type of courage for a writer to complete a book and then admit that he does…

In the big chair

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Even those of us of a conservative bent hoped that the election of the Rudd government in 2007 would constitute…

Racy reading

4 October 2014 9:00 am

In a field which is often characterised by polemics and hand-wringing, Noel Pearson has emerged as both a considered thinker…

Head Beaters

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Ah, democracy. The informed will of the majority. If only the practice was as simple as the theory. When it…

Thought bubbles

30 August 2014 9:00 am

It is not really a surprise that political parties produce a certain number of oddballs; the scary thing is that…

Oz Islam: Eid 2014, Lakemba Mosque, Sydney

Muslim integration

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Growing up is hard enough at any time; coping with additional cross-currents of race and religion is a whole new…

Bronwyn Bishop: personal attack

Unfair and unbalanced

19 July 2014 9:00 am

The thesis of this book is that there is something wrong with politics in Australia. Bryant is right, but not…

Labor partisan’s economic tale

12 July 2014 9:00 am

The old saw about economics being a dismal science turns out, on the evidence of this short but interesting piece…

Labor renewal?

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Ben Chifley once spoke about a shining light on the hill. By the time that Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard…

Out of his depth

14 June 2014 9:00 am

There are individuals who, when fate hands them the opportunity for greatness, have risen to the challenge. Rob Oakeshott was…

‘Qui, moi?’

26 April 2014 9:00 am

In 2008, Bob Carr was on an ABC panel show, pontificating about the wisdom of decisions of the US Supreme…