Judy Brett writes about Australian contemporary politics and political history for a general readership. She has written a great deal about non-labour politics in Australia, with books on Robert Menzies and the history of the Liberal Party, as well as her recent prize-winning biography of Alfred Deakin and three Quarterly Essays. She contributes to The Monthly and The Conversation. She taught politics at La Trobe University for more than twenty years, retiring in 2012. Her most recent book is From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: Why Australia has Compulsory Voting.