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Brett Evans


High-tech, low growth

The Big 4 are stifling competition and economic growth. Pro-business writers are joining the push to dilute their power, writes Brett Evans.

“We were hungry to tell stories, and we all sort of grew together”

A conversation with award-winning Indigenous screenwriter Steven McGregor It’s a windy mid-week morning. The trains roll in and out of Redfern Station and a stream of commuters pours up the concrete steps. Coffees are bought, phone calls made and received. Students – all backpacks and...
Book review

What makes them run?

Three new political biographies reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the genre. Australian political biography can be divided into three categories: The Job Application, The Post-Career Apologia, and The Proper History. The Job Applications are about those MPs voted most likely to be PM. These...

The insurgent from Indi

A conversation with federal parliament’s newest independent MP WHEN the politicians are in town, the public areas of Parliament House are thronged with even more visitors than usual. The marble foyer echoes with the sounds of dignitaries and delegations clamouring for security passes. Boisterous crocodile-lines...

Red in tooth and claw

Politics is hard and democracy is messy. Two new books help explain why it doesn’t all end in disaster. THE expatriate Canadian intellectual Michael Ignatieff was always being asked to do things: write articles for high profile magazines, give speeches at prestigious universities, appear in...