The Australia Institute Essential Reading List 2018

As the year draws to a close, the Australia Institute team has compiled a list of essential reads of 2018

No Friend But the Mountains

Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains…

People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests…

Populism Now: The Case for Progressive Populism

What’s Wrong with Politics and How to Fix It

Roar: The Stories Behind AFLW — A Movement Bigger Than Sport

‘When a football ground was electrified on that unforgettable February evening, feelings did not need words. They had a sound unlike anything anyone had ever heard: an almighty, heartfelt roar.’

The Football Solution: How Richmond’s Premiership Can Save Australia

The Sarawak Report

Yes Yes Yes: Australia’s Journey to Marriage Equality

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Blue-Collar Frayed

‘I remember with incredible clarity the question that rang through his words and hung in the air between us, the query that hurt my head and heart as his baggy eyes held mine: where does someone like me fit, now?’

Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

On Disruption

On Mutiny

Dark Emu

The Way Things Should Be

One Hundred Years of Dirt

Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you’ve scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.

Now for an oldie but a goodie —

Curing Affluenza by Richard Denniss

Curing Affluenza: How to buy less stuff and save the world

And a couple of Quarterly Essays for good measure —

Dead Right: How neoliberalism ate itself and what comes next

“Neoliberalism, the catch-all term for all things small government, has been the ideal cloak behind which to conceal enormous shifts in Australia’s wealth and culture … Over the past thirty years, the language, ideas and policies of neoliberalism have transformed our economy and, more importantly, our culture.”

— Richard Denniss, Dead Right

Follow the Leader: Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

“The Liberal Party has been ripped apart and our polity is the worse off for having one of its major political parties rendered largely ungovernable … Malcolm Turnbull’s fate came down to a series of judgements made not just by him, but by his colleagues, who spent much of his prime ministership failing to follow the leader and also failing in their own collective responsibility for leadership.”

— Laura Tingle, Follow the Leader

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