Ideas & Society Program: A New Parliament, A New Era?

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La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society Program is delighted that we will be joined by an outstanding panel to discuss the meaning of the May 2022 election.

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Date:
Monday 14 November 2022 05:00 pm until Monday 14 November 2022 06:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Victoria Dillon, University Events
events@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Ideas & Society Program
Type of Event:
Public Lecture
Cost:
Free

The outcome of the Australian federal election of May 2022 was both extraordinary and paradoxical.

The primary vote for the Australian Labor Party was the lowest since 1903—31%. And yet, when preferences were counted, Labor secured a majority of seats in the House of Representatives.

One reason for the election of the Albanese Government was the outstanding performance of the Greens and the “left-of-centre” independents, including the so-called ‘teals’.

May 2022 was thus not just a victory for the Australian Labor Party. It was also a victory for the “progressive” parties and independents in Australia.

La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society Program is delighted that we will be joined by an outstanding panel representing these political forces to discuss the meaning of the May 2022 election.

For the Greens —Adam Bandt, the leader of the Greens, and the new member for Griffith, Max Chandler-Mather.

For the ‘teals’, Zoe Daniel, the independent member for Goldstein and Simon Holmes à Court of Climate 200, that played a vital role in its support for several independent candidates in formerly blue-ribbon Liberal Party seats.

The session will be led by Cathy McGowan AO, a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University, who was a pioneer of the new political movement of “left-of-centre” independents.

The panel will consider three key questions:

Why were the “progressive” forces so successful in the May 2022 election?

Does the success of the Greens, the ‘teals’, and the other independents, in association with the Labor Government, offer promise of a new era in Australian politics?

How far will the Greens and ‘teal’ candidates influence the outcome of the Victorian state election?

For everyone with an interest in the future of Australia this is an event not to be missed.

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