In the National Interest

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In The National Interest is a new series in the Monash University Publishing list that is focused on the challenges Australia confronts. Showcasing experts both from within Monash and beyond, these short, thought-provoking and accessible books will address the major issues of our times from public policy, to governance and government.

Curated by Vice- Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, Louise Adler, the series offers eminent researchers, policy makers and political practitioners the opportunity to ‘make the case’. Authors include  Monash University’s  Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC, former Chief Economic Policy Strategist at Microsoft Corporation and Chief Economist with the US Federal Communications Commission Professor Simon Wilkie, former Secretary to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Dr Martin Parkinson AC, The former Prime Minister The Hon Kevin Rudd, President of the Senate, Senator The Hon Scott Ryan, infectious diseases expert Bill Bowtell, leading barrister Rachel Doyle SC, and the Chairman of Australian Super Dr Don Russell. 

In The National Interest books will reflect on the issues of the day: leadership in modern politics, pandemic politics, Australia’s role in the region, and the relationship between the public service and the government of the day. However, while the answers are often complex this new series will add evidence and nuance to debates all too often rendered simplistic. In The National Interest will offer serious general readers evidence-based arguments that spark informed debate on the issues that matter. 

The first eight titles in the series will be published in March and April 2021, and distributed by NewSouth Books.

In the National Interest

  • Unmasked

    Available March 1, 2021 Bill Bowtell
  • Digital Disruption & the Australian Economy

    Available April 1, 2021 Simon Wilkie
  • Leadership

    Available April 1, 2021 Don Russell
  • Power & Consent

    Available April 1, 2021 Rachel Doyle
  • A Decade of Drift

    Available April 1, 2021 Martin Parkinson
  • Challenging Politics

    Available March 1, 2021 Scott Ryan
  • The Case for Courage

    Available March 1, 2021 Kevin Rudd
  • Universities & the Public Interest

    Available March 1, 2021 Margaret Gardner