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. 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.


The magazine was founded in 1956[1] 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.[2]

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, Hal Colebatch, Douglas Murray and Anthony Daniels, as well as several Labor and Liberal political figures (including John Howard, Tony Abbott, Mark Latham and John Wheeldon).

The magazine holds a conservative stance on political and social issues.[3]

In March 2008 the magazine was describing itself as sceptical of 'unthinking Leftism, or political correctness, and its "smelly little orthodoxies"'.[4]


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[5]
5. 1997–2007 Paddy McGuinness Journalist and self-described contrarian
6. 2008–2015 Keith Windschuttle[6] Writer and historian
7. 2015– John O'Sullivan[7] Political advisor and editor

Management structure[edit]

Editorial staff[edit]

  • Chair of the board and editor-in-chief: Keith Windschuttle[7]
  • Editor Quadrant magazine: John O'Sullivan[7]
  • Editor, Quadrant Online: Roger Franklin
  • Literary Editor: Les Murray
  • Deputy Editor: George Thomas

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian Magazines of the Twentieth Century". Austlit. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Quadrant. Quadrant Magazine Ltd. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Quadrant. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  4. ^ About Quadrant Magazine at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Australian literary magazines". Department of Culture and Recreation. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  6. ^ Cubby, Ben (24 October 2007). "Windschuttle to edit Quadrant". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  7. ^ a b c Keith Windschuttle, (12 February 2015), Quadrant’s New Editor, Quadrant

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