Guy Rundle  — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle is correspondent-at-large for Crikey. He's a former editor of Arena Magazine and contributes to a variety of publications in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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Blair’s Marxist ideas transported down under

August 22, 2006

Treasury Place in Melbourne is about to get a whole lot more interesting with the imminent arrival of Tom Bentley, the former head of UK think tank Demos, who is to be the new executive director of policy and cabinet for the Victorian Premier's office.

London after 10/8

August 16, 2006

Five days after the arrests of 10/8, air travel is still in substantial disorder. Taking the hop to Dublin – virtually a commuter route for tens of thousands – two days ago, the one-hour flight took me ten, with two flight cancellations (to ease congestion), separate queues to check-in and deposit baggage, and then an […]

Blair’s Marxist ideas transported down under

August 9, 2006

Treasury Place in Melbourne is about to get a whole lot more interesting with the imminent arrival of Tom Bentley, the former head of UK think tank Demos, who is to be the new executive director of policy and cabinet for the Victorian Premier’s office. Bentley, still in his 30s, is a pretty extraordinary bloke; […]

None dare call it denial

August 8, 2006

Well someone finally came out and said it, though it took a few days to come out. Appearing on the Helen Razer Sunday morning radio show, veteran film producer Bob Weis observed that David Irving was in prison, while our own genocide denialist Keith Windschuttle was on the ABC board. Actually it came out as […]

Poets ready to rumble over tell-all memoir

August 8, 2006

The Kissinger rule – that academic (or art-world or birdwatching) politics is so vicious because the stakes are so small – has been well in evidence in the tumultuous world of Australian poetry this week, with WA poet John Kinsella taking out restraining orders against rival poets Robert Adamson and Anthony Lawrence, whom he alleges […]

Australia’s terrorist founder

August 3, 2006

The federal government has had two major cultural initiatives in recent months. The first is to sort out history teaching, so that every Australian child knows that Don Bradman landed in Botany Bay in 1915 to open up the Kokoda trail – thus putting young Ahmed, Thuy and Oodgeroo back in touch with their heritage. […]

Even Devine intervention can’t save Mel now

August 2, 2006

Catholics are enjoined by their spiritual leaders to suffer for their sins, and one suspects the latter might be getting ready for a double helping as the fall-out from Mel “Hitler” Gibson’s weekend arrest continues. Those who went in to bat for The Passion Of the Christ two years ago are nervously checking their clipping […]

Screws of the World ensnares s-xy socialist

July 26, 2006

Mid-summer is usually the silly season for the media, and nowhere more than in the UK, where even a 25 degree day is enough to make everyone gaga (a recent report on global warning emphasised the crisis that would enfold Britain once we enter an era of 35-40 degrees+ days per year. The horror!). This […]

The history summit’s subtle stitch-up

July 24, 2006

Well, the team picked for the government’s one-day history teaching summit is out, and one can only applaud their subtlety. Earlier hopes/fears that the group would be a hardcore stack have not prevailed – no Windschuttle, no Bolt, no Akerman. But nor is it a full and balanced representation of the views of Australian history […]

Terrorism by another name

July 24, 2006

It’s tough being a newspaper editor – though, not, I concede as tough as being a Lebanese civilian. There you are, all ready to roll tens of thousands of words about the fiftieth anniversary of Suez, and you’re gazumped by not so much a new war, as a cover version of the old one. Cue […]