ABSTRACT

Raimond Gaita’s contributions to public debate in Australia first became well known through some 50 columns he wrote for Quadrant magazine, from 1990 while Robert Manne was its editor until Manne quit that position in November 1997. There were increasingly strident complaints from some Quadrant readers about the difficulty and obscurity of his writings. Most of the early murmurings claimed not to object to what Gaita was saying (how could they, since the complaint was that it was incomprehensible?) but focused solely on matters of style. It was all too hard.