Book launch: State of the Nation

A stunning collection of essays drawn from a conference held earlier this year in honour of Emeritus Professor Robert Manne will be launched in October.

State-of-the-Nation-portraitState of the Nation: Essays for Robert Manne, published by Black Inc. Publishing, is made up of papers presented by thinkers that Manne has worked or argued with and those he most admires.

Essay contributors include Raimond Gaita, Pat Dodson, Mark McKenna, John Hirst, Clive Hamilton, Ramona Koval, Tim Soutphommasane and Carmen Lawrence.

The essays have been edited by Dr Gwenda Tavan, senior lecturer in Politics at La Trobe University.

Professor Manne, who has spent his career at La Trobe University, said he was delighted with the breadth of essays included in the collection.

‘The book covers many issues that have been central to my life – twentieth century European history, intellectuals and communism, indigenous politics, asylum seekers, multiculturalism, the university and the challenge of climate change,’ said Professor Manne.

‘Together the collection raises many questions that demonstrate that Australia has a lot of unfinished business - from the timing of becoming a republic, if at all, to what we ought to be doing about the intractable issues of indigenous disadvantage or the steady flow of asylum seekers and how well is the Westminster system working,’ he said.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the publication was a testament to the deep and rigorous thinking that Professor Manne continues to bring to Australian society.

‘Robert Manne is a leader in the way he thinks, talks and approaches the big questions facing Australia today,’ Professor Dewar said.

‘Editor Dr Gwenda Tavan has done a remarkable job of bringing the essays together to offer a sense of how Australia is faring as it enters a new era under Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

‘The book is a fitting tribute to the work and impact of Professor Manne, both in terms of the life of the university and Australia’s broader social and political culture,’ Professor Dewar said.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 23 October

Time: 6pm to 7.30pm

Venue: La Trobe University City Campus – Level 20, 360 Collins Street 

State of the Nation: Essays for Robert Manne will be available for purchase on the night. For more information on how to purchase a copy, visit Black Inc. Publishing.  

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