It is not surprising to find that Louise Adler is one of the prime movers in a grubby dispute.
It helps to know what happened to the Australian Book Review when she became the editor in 1988. Up to that time the monthly magazine of book reviews was a dowdy looking thing with low quality paper and a rather hang-dog look, containing the usual mix of material that you would expect in view of the propensity of the chattering classes to write books and reviews of books. I was a regular cotributor for a couple of years and there was a place for people who did not hew to the politically correct line. Then some things happend, all at the same time.
Louise Adler became the editor.
The magazine appeared on glossy paper with a new format.
The content became unrelieved hard left on every front.
The Victorian Ministry for the Arts appeared as a sponsor.
Courtesy of the taxpayers of Victoria, and Louise Adler, the Australian Book Review was transformed into a print version of the ABC.
The situation improved for a while under the next editor, at least for me because I stuck to science and biographies without any political commentary. The situation deteriorated under the next editor who delayed in sending books to review until eventually she sent a couple of really boring books, which I reviewed, and was paid the token fee, but the reviews did not run. The came Peter Rose and again I expressed interest in reviewing, he replied that he would keep me in mind, after 12 months I reminded him that I was still interested but eventually I realised…