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Quarterly Essay – Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott: David Marr


David Marr’s Quarterly Essay on former PM Kevin Rudd marked the beginning of the end. Was it a well-timed coincidence, or a body blow he never recovered from? Now, Marr turns his pen to prime-minister-in-waiting Tony Abbott, tossing aside the mad monk’s robes, the budgie smugglers and all the other clichés to find out what kind of man – and leader – he really is.

Marr will be in conversation with veteran political journalist George Megalogenis.


George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Austral... Read more

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... Read more


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