What I’m reading. When the Boat Comes In by Boris Frankel. It’s a successor to his 1992 book From Prophets the Deserts Come (great title! – and a special mention for the first reader to email me with the source of this literary allusion). It’s not only an analysis of Australia’s economic and social position, but a policy program. I come in for a mixture of bouquets and brickbats, and I’m writing a review essay for Arena, which will probably be out in a couple of months.