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  • Quarterly Essay 88: Lone Wolf

  • Albanese and the New Politics
  • By: Katharine Murphy
  • Narrated by: Ailsa Piper
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)

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Quarterly Essay 88: Lone Wolf

By: Katharine Murphy
Narrated by: Ailsa Piper
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In this perceptive, compelling essay, Katharine Murphy offers a profile of Anthony Albanese in motion – a piece about character, the balance of forces, and the mood of the nation.

Are Albanese and his party up for change? Are Australians up for it? What does the new prime minister embody, if anything? Has the centre of the polity shifted, with the success of the Teals and the Greens? Where could – and should – the new government be ambitious?

This is an essay that draws out the meaning of an eventful political year, offers a telling portrait of the new prime minister, and looks to the challenges of the future.

Katharine Murphy has worked in Canberra’s parliamentary press gallery since 1996 for the Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Age, before joining Guardian Australia, where she is the political editor. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2008 and has been a Walkley Award finalist twice. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Canberra in 2019. She is a director of the National Press Club and the author of On Disruption and Quarterly Essay: The End of Certainty.

©2022 Katharine Murphy (P)2022 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Modern political history told well

Thanks Katharine for a fine explanation of the last few years of political change in Australia. You revealed Albanese without making it all about him.

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Great work Katharine!

It was great to learn so much about the goings on of parliament and the players that we never get to see. I thought Albanese was simply playing ‘small target’ politics and allowing Morrison to implode. There was so much more going on!

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Informative

Interesting incite into the Australian election and Albo’s/Labour’s strategy for getting back in and outlook for staying there.

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So so good

IMO Katharine Murphy is currently the finest journalist in Australia. She’s not only insightful but a truly fine wordsmith. Bravo too to Alisa Piper whose delivery of this fine essay is flawless.

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A Timely Insight.

Thank you Katherine Murphy. I have just finished Niki Savva’s political trilogy and was feeling the wreckage and waste wrought by the Coalition very deeply. This essay popped up at just the right moment. Albanese is presented as a complex man who holds the Australian parliamentary system and his role in it, in great esteem. About time!
Congratulations to Ailsa Piper on a job very well done.

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Extremely Informative

This was a fascinating review. It offered a wealth of insight into personal and professional lives of the major players and the political process itself.

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Katharine Murphy

Brillant as always. Great explanation of the Labor Party Plan for Governance. Finally a Prime Minister who is thinking of the country’s future rather than his own or his Party’s future.
Thank you Katharine

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Excellent essay

Well written by Katharine. I learned a lot and found it beneficial to start taking more of an interest in politics and the world.

Very well orated and even listening with my hearing aids, I found Ailsa to be clear, consistent and concise with her performance.

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Good insights into Albanese

Good insights into what makes Albanese tick. A fair deal of this has been covered in some detail in the lead up to the last election, but engaging nonetheless.

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Interesting Insight

If you’re at all interested in the human side of Australian politics, this is an interesting listen.
It’s good to understand a bit more about the influence of the major players.
Great reading voice.

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