Quarterly Essay: David Marr on Bill Shorten

Quarterly Essay: David Marr on Bill Shorten

For Issue 59 of the Quarterly Essay, David Marr turns his attention to Bill Shorten. Marr’s essay examines the background and leadership style of the zinger-generating opposition leader and also looks into the future of the Australian Labor Party’s ties with the union movement. It’s a movement that has shaped the party’s past as well as its present leader. Will it continue to shape the future? Join Marr for a conversation about the man who would be Prime Minister.

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Portrait of David Marr

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 in addition to the latest, Quarterly Essay 65, The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race.