Quadrant (magazine)


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
ISSN 0033-5002
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 Sydney in 1956[1][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, Peter Ryan, who wrote a column from 1994 to 2015, Heinz Arndt, Sir Garfield Barwick, Frank Brennan, Ian Callinan, Hal Colebatch, Peter Coleman, Sir Zelman Cowen, Anthony Daniels, Joe Dolce, David Flint, Lord Harris of High Cross, Paul Hasluck, Dyson Heydon, Sidney Hook, A. D. Hope, Barry Humphries, Clive James, John Kerr, Michael Kirby, Frank Knopfelmacher, Peter Kocan, Christopher Koch, Andrew Lansdown, John Latham, Douglas Murray, Patrick O'Brien, Sharon Olds, George Pell, Roger Sandall, Roger Scruton, Greg Sheridan, James Spigelman, Sir Ninian Stephen and Tom Switzer, as well as several Labor and Liberal political figures, including Bob Hawke, 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'".[3]


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

Editorial staff

See also


  1. "Australian Magazines of the Twentieth Century". Austlit. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. Laurie Clancy (2004). Culture and Customs of Australia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-313-32169-6. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  3. 1 2 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 (24 October 2007). "Windschuttle to edit Quadrant". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  6. 1 2 3 Keith Windschuttle, (12 February 2015), Quadrant’s New Editor, Quadrant

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