''Quadrant'' is an Australian literary, cultural and political journal, which publishes both online and printed editions. ''Quadrant'' mainly publishes commentary, essays and opinion pieces on cultural, political and historical issues, although it also reviews literature and publishes poetry and fiction in the print edition. Its editorial line is self-described "bias towards cultural freedom, anti-totalitarianism and classical liberalism."


The magazine was founded in Sydney in 1956 by Richard Krygier, a Polish–Jewish refugee who had been active in social-democrat politics in Europe and James McAuley, a Catholic poet, known for the anti-modernist Ern Malley hoax. It was originally 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. It has had many notable contributors, including Les Murray, who was its literary editor from 1990 to 2019, 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, Pierre Ryckmans, 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. After the publication of the 1997 ''Bringing Them Home'' report about the Stolen Generations, ''Quadrant'' published a number of articles critical of the report's methodology and conclusions. Professor Robert Manne, who edited the magazine from 1990 to 1997, claimed that the Howard Government's response to ''Bringing Them Home'' was influenced by and "collusive with" ''Quadrants position. In the week following the Manchester Arena bombing, ''Quadrants online editor Roger Franklin wrote an article titled "The Manchester Bomber's ABC Pals", referring to the ABC's ''Q&A'' TV program. In it he wrote, "Had there been a shred of justice, that blast would have detonated in an Ultimo TV studio" and "...none of the panel’s likely casualties would have represented the slightest reduction in humanity’s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty". ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie called for the article to "be removed and apologised for". ''Quadrant'' editor-in-chief Keith Windschuttle acknowledged that the article was "intemperate" and "a serious error of judgment" and apologised for the offence it had caused, and the article was removed from the website.

Stance and values

In October 1992, Dame Leonie Kramer, then the Chairman of the magazine's Board of Directors, discussed the "deep values" of ''Quadrant'': # "the intrinsic value of cultural and intellectual freedom and of inquiry..." # "cultural and intellectual freedoms, indeed negative liberties generally, depend upon an abundance of autonomous institutions and an open society..." # "political democracy... support of particular democratic institutions, and a culture that accepts peaceful and democratic modes of government and change of government..." # "liberal democracy, that is democracy that respects individual liberty... insists that government be limited: by other holders of political and economic resources, by legally protected private property, by free media, and most of all by the rule of law, that is the restraint and channelling of power by law..." # "the virtues, and commonly the wisdom, borne by traditions in social and moral life... It has not pretended that traditions have all the answers or should be treated with uncritical reverence... It has, however, recommended that... long established moral and social practices be treated with respect and caution." # "an economic order in which markets are allowed to work - within the rule of law (and the framework of property rights) - as sources of information, as ingredients and supporters of liberty and as facilitators of competitive private enterprise and individual choice...". In 2007, ''Quadrants mission was described by its editor as: In March 2008, the magazine was describing itself as sceptical of "unthinking leftism, or political correctness, and its 'smelly little orthodoxies. , the magazine simply describes itself as "Australia's most open minded publication"; while its home page includes articles critical of climate scientists, the ABC and "the Left's triumphal anti-clericalism."


In January 2009, ''Quadrant'' published a hoax article. Its author, writer, editor and activist Katherine Wilson, stated that she aimed to show that the magazine and editor Keith Windschuttle's had right-wing bias. Wilson claimed Windschuttle and ''Quadrant'' would publish an inaccurate article and not check its footnotes or authenticity if it met his preconceptions. Using the pseudonym "biotechnologist Dr Sharon Gould" Wilson submitted an article claiming that CSIRO had planned to produce food crops engineered with human genes.


Management structure

Editorial staff

*Editor ''Quadrant'' magazine: Keith Windschuttle *Editor, International, ''Quadrant'' magazine: John O'Sullivan *Editor, ''Quadrant'' Online: Roger Franklin *Literary Editor: Barry Spurr"Barry Spurr appointed Quadrant's new Literary Editor", ''Quadrant'', March 2019, p. 3. *Deputy Editor: George Thomas

See also

* List of literary magazines * ''Encounter'' (UK) * ''The Dorchester Review'' (Canada) * Congress for Cultural Freedom - CIA program to fund European magazines


External links

''CIA as Culture Vultures''
an essay by Cassandra Pybus, ''Jacket Magazine'', No. 12, July 2000, as an extract from her non-fictional account of the life of James McAuley
''Quadrant's'' 50th anniversary (transcript)
- interviews with Martin Krygier (former ''Quadrant'' Director and son of founder), Dame Leonie Kramer AC DBE (former ''Quadrant'' Chair), and Paddy McGuinness, at ABC Radio National ''Counterpoint'', 2006
Address to the Quadrant Magazine 50th Anniversary Dinner
by John Howard, 2006 {{DEFAULTSORT:Quadrant (Magazine) Category:1956 establishments in Australia Category:Conservatism in Australia Category:Conservative magazines Category:Criticism of political correctness Category:Literary magazines published in Australia Category:Magazines established in 1956 Category:Magazines published in Sydney Category:Monthly magazines published in Australia