Articles by: Anthony O'Donnell

Author Biography:

Anthony O’Donnell is an adjunct senior lecturer at La Trobe University Law School and worked with Moss Cass and Vivien Encel on the biographical study Moss Cass and the Greening of the Australian Labour Party (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2017). This is adapted from a speech given at Moss’s State Memorial.

‘Not a Politician’s Politician’: Remembering Moss Cass

Dr Moss Cass (1927–2022), former Labor politician and minister in the Whitlam government, was farewelled at a State Memorial last Monday. Flags atop government buildings were set at half-mast, and past and present Labor MPs, state and federal, as well as present and former leaders of the Greens, all came along. As did former treasurer […]

Informit: A vanished medium [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Dissent: The student press in 1960s Australia, by Sally Percival Wood, (Scribe, 2017).

Informit: Poverty in Australia – it’s good to talk: [Perhaps it’s time for an inquiry into wealth, rather than another inquiry into poverty.]

Informit: Cooking degree zero [Book Review]

Review(s) of: The shared table: Ideas for Australian cuisine, by Michael Symons, Canberra, AGPS, 1993; Goodbye Culinary Cringe, by Cherry Ripe, St Leonards, Allen and Unwin, 1993.

Informit: The splendour of truth and the church compatible

In 1966 a majority of Pope Paul VI's Commission for the Study of Population, Family and Birth voted for a change in the Catholic Church's ban on contraception. A member of that majority, Canon Pierre de Locht, wrote in his diary optimistically, 'It will not be possible any longer to reaffirm the general condemnations of contraception. I do not understand what excuse he [the pope] can use to impose on the Church his own personal…

Informit: Screening the disaster

Review(s) of: Holocaust, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Informit: News comment

Informit: Whoops apocalypse!. [Former US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara says the Vietnam War was a terrible mistake.]

Informit: Cherishing convictions. [Review.]

Informit: Welfare after work?

Informit: For love alone?: understanding Australia’s declining birth rate requires more than simplistic generational generalisations

Informit: Beating the war drums at Fairfax: Fairfax papers have been presented as more balanced in their war coverage