Nick Cater
executive director, Menzies Research Centre, Australia; columnist, The Australian

Nick Cater is Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre and a columnist for The Australian. He studied sociology at the University of Exeter before joining the BBC as a journalist. He moved to Australia in 1989, and spent 24 years with News Corp Australia. He edited The Weekend Australian from 2007 - 2012.

Cater is best known for his book, The Lucky Culture (Harper Collins 2013), in which he argues that the rise of an educated metropolitian elite threatens the Australian principle of the “fair go”. The book’s fans include Boris Johnson and former Australian prime ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott. Critics include the late Australian writer Bob Ellis who described Cater as “a piece of pommy filth”.

Cater edited The Howard Factor (MUP, 2006), A Better Class of Sunset (Connor Court 2014) and was an advisor to the 2016 ABC documentary, Howard on Menzies. He is the series editor for the RG Menzies Essays. He contributed to Only in Australia: The history, politics, and economics of Australian exceptionalism (ed. William Coleman, OUP 2016).


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The new populism

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Immigration: what is the future of free movement?