Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne): The Constitutional Credentials of State Constitutions. Simone Bignall (UNSW): Dismantling the White-Man Face: Racialisation, Faciality and the Palm Island Riot. From the new Sydney Review of Books, Kerryn Goldsworthy on what we talk about when we talk about Australian literature; and “who or what killed Australian literature?”: Nicholas Jose reviews The Burning Library by Geordie Williamson. Martin W. Lewis on Australia’s empty countryside and the Melbourne/Sydney rivalry. The first chapter from Why Australia Prospered: The Shifting Sources of Economic Growth by Ian W. McLean (and more). Who really rules Australia? Murray Hunter on a tragic tale of the Australian people. Campbell Newman doesn't like compulsory voting, even though it's part of our democratic makeup and delivers more equitable elections, writes Alex White.