Quadrant (magazine)

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Quadrant cover Nov 2014.png
Cover of November 2014 issue
Type Monthly journal
Format Magazine
Owner(s) Quadrant Magazine Ltd.
Editor John O'Sullivan
Founded 1956
Political alignment Conservative
Language English
Website www.quadrant.org.au

Quadrant is an Australian literary and cultural journal. The magazine holds a conservative stance on political and social issues, describing itself as sceptical of 'unthinking Leftism, or political correctness, and its "smelly little orthodoxies"'.[1] Quadrant reviews literature, as well as featuring essays on ideas and topics such as politics, history, universities, and the arts. It also publishes poetry and short stories. It is published ten times per year and its current cover price is A$8.90.


The magazine was founded in 1956[2] by Richard Krygier, a Polish-Jewish refugee who had been active in social-democrat politics in Europe and James McAuley, a Catholic poet, famous for the anti-modernist Ern Malley hoax. It was an initiative of the Australian Committee for Cultural Freedom, the Australian arm of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an anti-communist advocacy group funded by the CIA.[3]

It has had many notable contributors including Les Murray, who has been its literary editor since 1990, Christopher Koch, Patrick O'Brien, Frank Knopfelmacher, A. D. Hope, Heinz Arndt, Greg Sheridan, Barry Humphries, Peter Coleman, Roger Sandall, Tom Switzer, Peter Kocan, Andrew Lansdown, Joe Dolce, Clive James, George Pell and Hal Colebatch, as well as several Labor and Liberal political figures (including John Howard, Tony Abbott, Mark Latham and John Wheeldon).


Order Period Editor Background / comments
1. 1956–1967 James McAuley Catholic poet
2. 1967–1988 Peter Coleman Writer, journalist, and former New South Wales and Federal Liberal politician
3. 1988–1989 Roger Sandall Writer, anthropologist, Senior Lecturer at University of Sydney
4. 1990–1997 Robert Manne Lecturer at La Trobe University; resigned after repeated disputes with the magazine's editorial board[4]
5. 1997–2007 Paddy McGuinness Journalist and self-described contrarian
6. 2008–2015 Keith Windschuttle[5] Writer and historian
7. 2015– John O'Sullivan[6] Political advisor and editor

Management structure[edit]

Editorial staff[edit]

  • Chair of the board and editor-in-chief: Keith Windschuttle[6]
  • Editor Quadrant magazine: John O'Sullivan[6]
  • Editor, Quadrant Online: Roger Franklin
  • Literary Editor: Les Murray
  • Deputy Editor: George Thomas

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Quadrant Magazine". Quadrant. Quadrant Magazine Ltd. Archived from the original on 4 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-15. Its stance is often described as conservative, neo-conservative, or rightwing. In fact it is not necessarily any of these things, but maintains a sceptical approach to unthinking Leftism, or political correctness, and its "smelly little orthodoxies". 
  2. ^ "Australian Magazines of the Twentieth Century". Austlit. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Quadrant. Quadrant Magazine Ltd. 
  4. ^ "Australian literary magazines". Department of Culture and Recreation. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  5. ^ Cubby, Ben (October 24, 2007). "Windschuttle to edit Quadrant". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  6. ^ a b c Keith Windschuttle, (12 February 2015), Quadrant’s New Editor, Quadrant

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