Reviews and commentary


All about Malcolm‘, Australian Book Review, August 2022, no. 445

A review of Aaron Patrick’s Ego: Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party’s civil war

‘The man in the mirror’, Australian Book Review, April 2022, no. 441

A review of Troy Bramston’s Bob Hawke: Demons and Destiny.

‘Tall poppy-lopping’, Inside Story, 30 November 2021

A review and commentary of Doug Munro’s History Wars: the Peter Ryan-Manning Clark controversy

Who did he think he was?, Inside Story, 7 July 2021

A review of Gideon Haigh’s The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the great Australian dissent

‘Letting the repellent in’, Inside Story, 30 April 2021

A review and commentary of Blake Bailey’s Philip Roth: the Biography.

‘I’m the best of them’, Inside Story, 19 March 2021

A review of Paul Williams’ John Grey Gorton: Australian to his bootheels.


‘No-one is taking about ABC funding in this election campaign. Here’s why they should be’, co-authored with Michael Ward, Matthew Ricketson, and Alexandra Wake, The Conversation, 28 April 2022

‘All governments loathe the ABC, but some more so than others. Here’s proof’, co-authored with Matthew Ricketson, Crikey, 6 April 2021

Is the latest ABC inquiry really just “business as usual”?’, co-authored with Matthew Ricketson, The Conversation, 16 November 2021

Commentary on Liberal senator Andrew Bragg’s efforts to have a Senate inquiry into the ABC’s complaints mechanisms.

‘Response to The Prosperity Gospel’, co-authored with Matthew Ricketson, Quarterly Essay, 2019

A response to Erik Jensen’s 2019 Quarterly Essay on the Morrison government’s win at the 2019 election.

‘In the land of locum PMs, be careful how you fortify them’, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 December 2018

Commentary on changes to the rules around election of Liberal Party leaders.