Richard Flanagan Guardian: A decade of John Howard has left a country of timidity, fear and shame. His power resided in his ability to speak directly and powerfully to the negativity at the core of the Australian soul

John Howard famously said the times were his, and for more than a decade it seemed they were. Australia experienced the greatest and most sustained boom in its history. Yet at its end Australia’s indigenous population was in a ruinous state, its extraordinary environment was threatened on numerous fronts, and its people were beginning to ask where the wealth had gone: public schools and public health were in crisis, social welfare was straitened, housing was unaffordable for many, and wages and conditions were being cut under Howard’s industrial reforms. Read more here

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