Orwell's Australia argues that, in an era of global war and national insecurity, the Australian left must once again become the defenders of our way of life and political institutions - just as Orwell wanted the English left to do over half-a-century ago. The left needs to reclaim Orwell for Australia's good.
Dennis Glover is an honorary visiting fellow in the school of social sciences at La Trobe University and a speechwriter for Labor politicians. He has been principal speechwriter to the two previous leaders of the federal opposition, Simon Crean and Mark Latham, and has also worked as a political adviser to John Brumby and other Labor politicians. Before entering politics he was a historian, specialising in early modern European history and Australian cultural history. He lives in Melbourne.