Greg Barns is a weekly columnist with the Hobart Mercury and practices as a barrister in Hobart and Melbourne.
He was an adviser to former Tasmanian Liberal Premier Ray Groom from 1994–1996 and chief of staff to former federal Finance Minister John Fahey from 1996–1999.
Greg ran the 1999 Republic Referendum Campaign for the Australian Republican Movement and was Chair of the ARM from 2000–2002.
He is the author of three books; What’s Wrong with the Liberal Party ? (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Selling the Australian Government (University of New South Wales Press, 2004) and, with Anna Krawec-Wheaton, An Australian Republic (Scribe, 2006).
Orchestrating the myth
EssayIN OCTOBER 1938, the state-controlled German newspaper Berliner Zeitung am Mittag carried this headline, "In der Staatsoper: Das Wunder Karajan" (In the State Opera, the Karajan Miracle). It referred to a production of Tosca conducted by the 30-year-old Austrian...
The island of broken dreams
GR OnlineTASMANIA IS VIEWED by many Australians who don't live on the island as some kind of paradise. The traffic is slower and there is less of it. The breathtaking physical beauty of the place is rarely more than five...