24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

David Marr

David Marr is the author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic, The High Price of Heaven and Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson). He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Saturday Paper, the Guardian and the Monthly, and been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He is the author of five bestselling Quarterly Essays.


Canberra Writers Festival events - host

Anna Broinowski in conversation with David Marr

Please Explain: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Pauline Hanson is a compelling, intimate look at how an Ipswich fish and chip shop proprietor changed our nation - and how she speaks directly to Australian society and our multicultural identity today.

Sunday 27th August 2017, 2:30pm. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

Most Australians despise what Pauline Hanson stands for, yet politics in this country is now orbiting around One Nation.

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?

Written with drama and wit, this is a ground-breaking look at politics and prejudice by one of Australia’s best writers.

Quarterly Essay: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race is published by Black Inc.

Buy this book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

'Stupid and damaging': Political commentator slams WA Libs for Pauline Hanson deal, Midland Reporter, April 2017.

Absence of Pauline Hanson is greatly missed in David Marr essay, The Australian, April 2017.

David Marr on Pauline Hanson's political dalliance with John Howard, The Age, March 2017.

One Nation and Muslim immigration, Radio National, May 2017.

Politics podcast: David Marr on Pauline Hanson's star power, The Conversation, March 2017.

Quarterly Essay: David Marr on Bill Shorten, The Wheeler Centre, September 2015.


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