Dr Mark Rolfe

School of Social Sciences


+61 (2) 9385 2370
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 131, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus



    Book Chapters

    • Rolfe MJ, 2014, 'Looking backwards to the future: The evolving tradition of ideal political rhetoric in Australia', in Walter R; Uhr J (ed.), Studies in Australian Political Rhetoric, ANU Press, Acton, ACT, pp. 121 - 142, http://press.anu.edu.au/titles/australia-and-new-zealand-school-of-government-anzsog-2/studies-in-australian-political-rhetoric/
    • Rolfe MJ, 2008, 'The Classic and Australian Culture Wars', in Morley I (ed.), Knowledge as Value: Illumination Through Critical Prisms, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 149 - 166
    • Rolfe MJ, 2003, 'Antipodean Fordism: postwar americanisation down under.', in Wood JC (ed.), Henry Ford: Critical Evaluations in Business and Management, Volume 2, Taylor & Francis
    • Rolfe MJ, 1998, 'Suburbia', in Americanization and Australia, edn. Original, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. 61 - 80

    Journal articles

    • Rolfe MJ, 2014, 'Rhetorical Traditions of Public Diplomacy and the Internet', The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, vol. 9, pp. 76 - 101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1871191X-12341266
    • Rolfe MJ, 2010, 'The pleasures of political humour in Australian democracy', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 34, pp. 363 - 376, http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1444-3058&linktype=1
    • Rolfe MJ, 2009, 'Clashing Taboos: Danish Cartoons, the Life of Brian and Public Diplomacy', The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, vol. 4, pp. 261 - 281, http://www.brill.nl/hjd
    • Rolfe MJ, 2009, 'AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL ATTITUDES 2: CITIZENSHIP, WORK AND ASPIRATIONS', Journal of Sociology, vol. 45, pp. 114 - 116
    • Rolfe MJ, 2008, 'The ends of Howard and Costello?', Australian Review of Public Affairs, http://www.australianreview.net/digest/2008/11/rolfe.html
    • Rolfe MJ, 2008, 'New Wine into Old Bottles: Ethical Appeals & Democratic Discourse', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 43, pp. 513 - 529
    • Rolfe MJ, 2008, 'From Big to Little Screens: Recurring Images of Democratic Credibility and the Net', SCAN - Journal of Media Arts and Culture, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 12
    • Rolfe MJ, 1999, 'Faraway Fordism: the Americanization of Australia and New Zealand during the 1950s and 1960s', New Zealand Journal of History, pp. 65 - 86
    • Rolfe MJ, 1999, 'Free speech, political correctness and the rhetoric of social unity under John Howard', Just Policy: a journal of Australian social policy, vol. 15, pp. 36 - 46
    • Rolfe MJ, 1997, 'The Promise and Threat of America in Australian Politics', Australian Journal of Political Science, pp. 187 - 204

    Conference Papers

    • Rolfe MJ, 2012, 'The Never-ending Narrative of Democracy: Public Diplomacy and The Rhetorical Tradition Behind Western Commentaries on Wikileaks and the Arab Spring', in International Studies Association, International Studies Association, San Diego, presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, 01 - 04 April 2012
    • Rolfe MJ, 2011, 'All The World’s A Stage – For Speaking At Cross Purposes', in ISA COnference papers (online), 52nd International Studies Association Annual Convention, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, presented at 52nd International Studies Association Annual Convention, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 16 - 19 March 2011, http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/5/0/0/6/5/p500652_index.html?phpsessid=b61b0f23d0cff73391c33342a7f53f5a
    • Rolfe MJ, 2007, '`Days of Wine and Poseurs: Stereotypes of Class, Consumption & Competition in Democratic Discourse`', in Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2007, APSA 2007 Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, presented at APSA 2007 Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, 24 - 26 September 2007
    • Rolfe MJ, 2007, 'The Classics and Australian Culture Wars', in The Value of Knowledge, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney, presented at Inter-Disciplinary Net, 2nd Global Conference, The Value of Knowledge, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney, 12 - 14 February 2007
    • Rolfe MJ, 2007, 'Culture Wars and the Classics Australian Rhetoric', in Morley I (ed.), The Value of Knowledge, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney, pp. 1 - 11, presented at Inter-Disciplinary Net, 2nd Global Conference, The Value of Knowledge, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney, 12 - 14 February 2007


I teach the following undergraduate courses:

ARTS1840 Introduction to Australian Politics
ARTS2842 Politics of Globalisation
ARTS2848 Language, Politics & Society
ARTS3846 Prime Ministers & Presidents

Recently completed doctoral supervision:

Allison Orr, 2013, Putting the Democracy into eDemocracy: An investigation into the arguments for the democratic potential of the internet

Kate Harrington, 2014, eGovernment - Paradise Lost: Using ICT to reform the Public Sector or NPM revisited?

Current doctoral supervision:

I am supervising one student working on Obama & climate change and another student working on Australia and the Dutch Disease during the mining boom

Current honours supervision:

I am supervising a student researching the politicla language regarding madness in Australia



Professional contribution

Member of The Australasian Humour Studies Network hyperlink

Affiliations and membership

I am a member of the Australian Political Studies Association and of the International Studies Association

Related links

Public Commentary on Politics:

James O’Loghlin Show: Votes of confidence, 2BL, 5th February, 2003

James O’Loghlin Show: Propaganda, 2BL, 5th March, 2003

James O’Loughlin Show: Party names & the naming of Meg Lees Australian Progressive Alliance, 2BL, 28th April 2003

Lost art of taking the mickey. By Anthony Dennis. The Sydney Morning Herald, June 2003

The Nation: Everything old is new again’, The Gold Coast Bulletin, April 2004.

In politics, everything old is new again, James Grubel, Chief Political Correspondent, Australian Associated Press General News, 23 April 2004.

Leora Moldofsky of Financial Times, 23rd July 2004,

Speech writing, Australia Talks Back, Radio National, 3rd November, 2005, [Link]

The persuaders, Radio National, 4 July 2009, [Link]

Pilot of The Drum, ABC 24, July 2010.

Marie-Morgane Le Moël, ‘L'immigration, enjeu des législatives en Australie’, Le Monde, 20 July 2010.

Marie-Morgane Le Moël ‘Australie : la formation du gouvernement va dépendre des députés indépendants’, Le Monde, 24 August 2010.

“Gillard Plans To Go Full Term”, Reuters, http://wn.com/Gillard_plans_to_go_full_term,

Julia Gillard Back at Work as Australia's Prime Minister’, Reuters, 9/9/2010, http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/ns_asia/2010-09-09/329653535284.html

"PM's Australian crawl - Australia Decides 2010", Nic Christensen, Daily Telegraph 23 July 2010.

Interviewed by Kylar Loussikian about the forthcoming No Carbon Tax Rally, 2SER, 10 March 2011.

Interviewed by Kylar Loussikian about the new government in NSW, 2SER, 7 April 2011.

Interviewed by Nic Christensen for “AEC Turns on Election Funding Tap”, Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Interviewed by Kylar Loussikian about the budget, 2SER, 13 May 2011

Interviewed by Kylar Loussikian about the politics of the US debt default, 2SER, 5 August 2011.

Interviewed by Anthony Sonego about my article Luckless Labor’s Malaysia Failure, 2SER, 2 September 2011.

Interviewed by Isobel on Pacific afternoon program, Radio Australia, about my article Luckless Labor’s Malaysia Failure, 7 September 2011.

Interviewed by The Conversation: ‘Malaysian Solution 2.0: Gillard turns heat on Abbott for offshore processing’, 12 September 2011,

Devil in the discretion? Experts on the CHOGM 2011 communique, The Conversation, 30 October 2011.

 Interviewed by Duncan Kennedy, BBC TV, on Obama trip to Australia, 15 November 2011.

Interviewed by Nic Christensen on satire and social media of Kim Il-Jung, Bloggers' chip shots dent Kim Jong-il's deity, The Australian, December 22, 2011

Interviewed by The Conversation on Gina Rinehart’s stake in Fairfax, 1 February 2012.

Interviewed by Mike Welsh, 2CC Drive Show, on Gina Rinehart’s stake in Fairfax, 1February 2012.

Interviewed by Nic Christensen on satire, ‘Spoof Qantas Twitter account suspended’, The Australian, February 14, 2012

Interviewed about Gillard-Rudd contest, The Conversation, 22nd February 2012,

Interviewed by Marina Kamenev on Gillard-Rudd tussle, Time.com, 23rd February 2012.

Interviewed by Mark Ferguson about Gillard-Rudd tussle, Channel 7 4.30 news, 24th February 2012.

Interviewed by Bernie Lo on Gillard-Rudd contest, Capital Connection program on CNBC Asia, 27th February 2012.

 Interviewed by Kylar Loussikian about comments by Jennifer Westacott of BCA in the SMH about how businesses are disappointed in the political debate? 2SER, 27th April 2012.

Interviewed by Anthony Sonego about Swan and his use of Springsteen, 2SER, 2nd August 2012.

Interviewed by Emily Chan on prospects of Gillard & Abbott, Straight Talk Friday, CNBC Asia, 10th August 2012. My prediction of Rudd’s return [Link

Interviewed about state of political discourse on Sunday Evenings with James O’Loughlin, ABC Local, 2/9/2012.

Interviewed about the state of political discourse on The Bill Crews Show, 2GB, 7/10/12.

Interviewed about possible return of Rudd by Enda Curran, Wall Street Journal, 18th June 2013. On 1st July on implications of boost in poll for ALP and possibilities of election. Cited in “Rudd Boosts Party's Odds Ahead of Australian Vote; Poll Says New Prime Minister Gives Labor Fighting Chance in Election” in WSJ 2nd July.

Interviewed about return of Rudd on Bernie Lo Show CNBC Asia, 28th June 2013

Interviewed about Crown casino winning bid on ABC PM program 4th July 2013. [Link]

Interviewed about Rudd’s proposal to reform NSW ALP by The Conversation 4th July 2013.

Interviewed about Abbott and Rudd contest by James Glynn, Wall Street Journal, 9th July 2013. Cited in ‘Momentum Builds for Australia's Rudd’, WSJ.

Interviewed about vote on Rudd’s reform of leadership at Monday caucus meeting by Rhiannon Elston, SBS, 19th July 2013. Clip appeared on SBS News 21st July 2013.

Interviewed about Newspoll and Rudd by James Glynn, Wall Street Journal, 23rd July 2013. Cited in ‘Australia's Election Race Goes Back to Basics’, WSJ.

Interviewed about politics & interest rates by Greg Navarro, SBS News, 6th August 2013. [Link]

Interviewed about youth & informal voting by Tim Higgins, 2SER, 6th August 2013. Repeated on 4th September.

Interviewed about Bennelong & Chinese/Korean communities in 2013 election by Danuta Kozaki, ABC Radio, 20th August 2013.

Election 2013 Podcast: Mark Rolfe & Roy Green, The Conversation, 23rd August 2013.

Interviewed about Fact checking sites by Christie Moffat, Fourth Estate program, 2SER, 30th August 2013. Played 9th September

Interviewed about Federal election by Steve Lai, Channel NewsAsia, 2nd September 2013.

Interviewed by Aaron Patrick for Australia’s Tony Abbott on track to win prime minister post after years in political doldrums’, Washington Post, 3rd September, [Link]

Interviewed about Federal election by Nils Horner, Sveriges Radio, 4th September 2013.

Interviewed about Federal election by Enda Curran, Wall Street Journal, 5th September, 2013. Cited in ‘Australia Exit Polls Show Abbott Win’, Wall Street Journal, 7th September 2013.

Interviewed about 1st ALP leadership debate by Jeremy Fernandez, ABC24, 24th September 2013.

Interviewed about fresh investigation of Obeid by Simon Cullen, ABC News, 3rd October 2013.

Interviewed about 4 Unanswered Questions of Political Science by James O’Loughlin, ABC 702 Radio, 6th October 2013.

Interviewed about Robertson admission of bribe attempt, ABC 7.30, 7th October 2013. http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2013/s3864094.htm

Interviewed about CHOGM & Sri Lanka by Trudy Harris, Agence France-Presse New Delhi, 11th November 2013.

Interviewed about resignation of Chris Hartcher because of ICAC by Waleed Ali, Radio National, 4th December 2013.

Interviewed about what it takes to be a politician by James James O’Loughlin, ABC 702 Radio, 19th January 2014

Interviewed about the ALP & what it stands for by 6PR, 18th April 2014.

Interviewed about election of new NSW Liberal leader, ABC NewsDrive, 16th April 2014.

Interviewed about ICAC & Baird government by Antoinette Latouff, TenNews, 3rd May 2014.

Other information

Public writing on politics:

Beware a PM strutting his stuff, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 March 2003.

John Howard and the death of conservatism, The Age, 16 October 2004.

US losing the campaign for hearts and minds, in The Canberra Times , 11 June, 2007

US losing the campaign for hearts and minds, in Online Opinion , 20 June 2007,

Rudd's Report Card, ABC Unleashed , 24 November 2008,

Malibu Kevin, ABC Unleashed , 4 February 2009,

Do maltese terriers rule the world?, ABC Unleashed , 23 February 2009,

Eulogy for Peter, ABC Unleashed , 17 June 2009,

Rudd's Test, ABC Unleashed , 15 July 2009,

The Labor Biennale, ABC Unleashed , 3 August 2009,

Goodbye and good luck, ABC Unleashed , 26 August 2009,

The Coalition's climate of change, ABC Unleashed , 25 November 2009,

The Premier is gone. Long live the Premier, ABC Unleashed , 4 December 2009,

Timing is everything in politics, ABC Unleashed , 23 February 2010,

The Drum Wrap: The Budget 2010, ABC Unleashed , 12 May 2010,

The media's hypocritical charges of hypocrisy, ABC Unleashed , 24 May 2010,

What Kevin Rudd should learn from Ben Chifley, ABC Unleashed , 15 June 2010,

The convenient memories of the coalition, ABC Unleashed , 23 November 2010,

The price of whinge-ocracy, ABC Unleashed , 23 February 2011,

Abbott comes out swinging but is light on detail, The Conversation, 13 May 2011

Interviewed for and quoted in ‘Robust debate now just banal’, The Australian by Christian Kerr, 18 June 2011.

Luckless Labor's Malaysia failure, The Conversation, 1 September 2011

Getting personal in At Home With Julia: The tradition of satire, The Conversation, 15 September 2011.

Turn off the microphones and let politicians be as bitchy as the rest of us, The Conversation, 11 November 2011.

Forget politicians – be a dictator for a day and get the job done, The Conversation, 23 November 2011.

Does Gina Rinehart’s move on Fairfax make her an oligarch? Not yet … , The Conversation , 1 February 2012,

Kevin Rudd resignation: expert reaction, The Conversation , 23 February 2012,

Julia Gillard wins ALP leadership spill: expert reaction, The Conversation , 27 February 2012,

Cabinet reshuffle: Bob Carr is a battered feather in the Gillard government’s cap, The Conversation , 2 March 2012,

Ghosts of ideologies past hover around Abbott’s budget reply, The Conversation , 11 May 2012,

All in the game: shining a light into the weird world of Craig Thomson, The Conversation , 22 May 2012

Singing, dancing politicians: don’t do it, unless you can, The Conversation, 5 July 2012

Please RT: protecting your brand is no mean tweet amid a flurry of fake accounts, The Conversation, 4 September 2012.

Barangaroo: politics, property and players – it’s business as usual, The Conversation, 21 November 2012.

‘New Abbott opens with a straight bat’, The Drum, 1 February 2013.

‘ICAC, Obeid and the danger of exploiting public disgust’, The Conversation, 7 February 2013.

‘Can Rudd reform NSW Labor? And will it save him?’, The Conversation, 5th July 2013.

‘FactCheck Q&A: Anthony Albanese: political party reform is happening around the world’, The Conversation, 10th July 2013.

‘ICAC calls for criminal charges against NSW ALP kingmakers: the experts respond’, The Conversation, 31st July 2013.

‘‘Sugar Ray’ Rudd won’t be stopped by ICAC’, The Conversation, 1st August 2013.

‘Leaders' debate: experts respond’, The Conversation, 11th August 2013.

‘The NSW Central Coast: beautiful one day, Dobell the next’, The Conversation, 5th September, 2013. [Link]

‘State of the states: NSW’, The Conversation, 6th September 2013.[Link]

‘State of the states post-election: experts respond’, The Conversation, 8th September 2013.[Link]

‘Election 2013 and defining political success’, The Conversation, 26th September 2013.[Link]

‘Howes, Whitlam and the ALP’s new social contract’, The Conversation, 11th October 2013. [Link]

‘Beware PM, CEOs don’t get politics’, The Conversation, 22nd October 2013. [Link]

‘Abbott’s belligerence: putting in the boot or kicking himself?’, The Conversation, 31st October, 2013. [Link]

 'Identity crisis: who does the Australian Labor Party represent?', The Conversation, 17th April 2014, [Link

'Kenny’s dog days are over – but is satire’s bark worse than its bite?', The Conversation, 17th April 2014 [Link]