I spent nearly two decades outside Australia - basically all the 1990s and the 2000s and returned to find it privatised and very expensive with cruelty at its heart for the dispossessed and for those fleeing the very wars in far lands in which we were made complicit by the warmongerer- in-chief - the US. Richard Denniss leaves not an aspect unturned as he explains the deep structural inequities now in place. I highly recommend this essay for those wishing to understand how Australia not only got to this ugly stage but also how we might recover our soul.
In addition there are some wonderful responses to an earlier Quarterly Essay by historian Mark McKenna on a proper reconciliation with Indigenous Australia - he believes that reconciliation and treaty with Indigenous Australia will best occur when entwined with our inevitable move to becoming a Republic! Me, too.