Robert Manne

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Emeritus Professor Robert Manne was educated at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford. He is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Convenor of The Ideas & Society Program at La Trobe University, and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Manne has written or edited twenty books including The Petrov Affair: Politics and Espionage; Left, Right, Left; Political Essays-1977-2005; and most recently, Making Trouble: Essays against the New Australian Complacency and the Quarterly Essay, “Bad News: Murdoch’s Australian and the Shaping of the Nation”. His books and essays have won various awards. Between 1987 and 2004 he was a columnist on public affairs for both the Murdoch Press and Fairfax, and also a regular commentator on ABC Radio. He is a frequent contributor to The Monthly. In 2005 he was voted Australia’s leading public intellectual in a survey conducted by The Sydney Morning Herald.

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5 Mar 2010

Following the failure of the Copenhagen Conference to reach a consensus on the realities of climate change, the current crop of commentators hold starkly different views on our ability to grapple with our own potential extinction. In the Monthly Comment, Robert Manne weighs up the...



In this Sydney Writers' Festival 2008 event, Robert Manne and the Hon. Tony Abbott debated the future of the Liberal party. Their differing outlooks are expressed as not just ideological differences, but products of vastly different readings of the legacy of the Howard years -...



In this frank and insightful discussion held subsequent to the NSW state election, Mark Latham talks to host Robert Manne about the state of the Labor party, in both its state and federal incarnations. Latham demonstrates again that he's one of the country's most perceptive...



Amidst the heated debate around the introduction of a carbon tax in Australia, leading environmentalist Tim Flannery shares with Prof Robert Manne his views on the global warming debate.

They discuss the political environment in Australia, global emissions reduction efforts and the issues around...

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