Judith Brett

Judith Brett


Judith Brett is the author of Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People and emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. Her biography of Alfred Deakin, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, won the 2018 National Biography Award and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s History Awards and Queensland Literary Awards. Judith is a regular contributor to the Monthly and has written three editions of the Quarterly Essay.

Her latest book, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage, has been heralded for its compelling insight into the history and politics of compulsory voting in Australia.

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