In my humble opinion, Noel Pearson is one of Australia's most interesting intellectuals. He looks at Australia and its history through a unique prism of indigenous rights, his training as a lawyer and his powerful intellectual curiosity.
So many other media commetators write a load of old pap about politics and society, but Pearson is more the genuine article. Writing on serious subjects is not some parlour game for him.
Most of the essays and articles in this collection you can find at the wikipedia page for Noel Pearson. I especially recommend his Light on the Hill essay (link provided for online copy.)
You can read my full review of Up From the Mission here at the Suite101 website.