- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
The War on Democracy: Conservative Opinion in the Australian Press
If current conservative opinion writers are to be believed, Australian political and cultural life continues to be infiltrated and dominated by plotting left-wing ideologues, ‘Marxists’ and ‘extremists’.
While conservatives see themselves as representing the interests of ‘ordinary’ Australians, they see ‘the left’ as politically correct and self-serving elitists, intent on imposing their undemocratic views on the media, schools, universities and other public institutions and cultural practices.
The authors of The War on Democracy think otherwise. Niall Lucy and Steve Mickler argue that the real opponents of democracy are conservatives, whose attack on ‘the left’ reveals hostility for their ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.
The War on Democracy focuses on the published ideas of seven of Australia’s most influential conservative media commentators, analysing how each one tries to discredit those they label ‘extremists’ – journalists, academics, rights activists, unionists – as a way of disguising their own self-interested support of the powerful and the privileged.