The Honourable Julie Bishop MP on politics, leadership and the Liberal party

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What is the challenge of politics in this new era of social media and what is the balance between moderate and conservative policy-making for the Liberal party? What should be the guiding principles?

Thursday 22 November 2018 06:30 pm until Thursday 22 November 2018 08:15 pm (Add to calendar)
Christina Lew
Presented by:
Francis Leach
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Public Lecture; Public
$15 General Admission / $7.50 Students/Concession / FOC Under 18 (accompanied by adult)

The Hon Julie Bishop MP will deliver a keynote speech on conservative politics in Australia and next steps for the Liberal party drawing on her experience as former Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Minister.

Ms Bishop will be joined by two of La Trobe’s Emeritus Professors – sociologist John Carroll and political expert Judith Brett as well as incoming academic journalist Andrea Carson - to discuss the challenges facing the Liberal party and what they need to do to attract modern day voters.

You’re invited to join us for a timely discussion to hear from one of Australia’s leading politicians as she shares her observations and personal reflections on leadership, women in politics and lessons learnt at the final Bold Thinking Series panel discussion for 2018.

Read more thoughts on a modern day Liberal party on Nest - La Trobe's content hub for clever thinkers.

Please note this event will be recorded and shared on La Trobe's YouTube channel.

This event will be followed by drinks and canapes.

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The Hon Julie Bishop MP Julie Bishop has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998. She was Australia’s first female Foreign Minister serving from 18 September 2013 to 28 August 2018, following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Ms Bishop was the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from December 2007 to August 2018.  As Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Bishop led the development of the 2017 Australian Foreign Policy White Paper – the first review of Australia’s international engagement for 14 years. The Foreign Policy White Paper sets out a comprehensive policy framework to ensure Australia’s prosperity and security over the next decade and beyond in an increasingly contested and competitive world.

Ms Bishop has overseen the single largest expansion of Australia’s overseas diplomatic presence in 40 years, introduced the New Colombo Plan to support Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo Pacific region, and established the innovationXchange within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop bold and creative solutions to long standing development challenges. She has strengthened Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships and enhanced Australia’s engagement in the Indo Pacific, particularly neighbouring Pacific Island countries.

Ms Bishop promoted Australia’s interests at the United Nations Security Council, playing a lead role in the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine for which she was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2014. She previously served as a Cabinet Minister from 2006 to 2007 in the Howard Government as Minister for Education, Science and Training and as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues. Ms Bishop was Minister for Ageing from 2003 until 2006. Ms Bishop has also served on a number of parliamentary and policy committees including as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

Before entering Parliament Ms Bishop was a commercial litigation lawyer at Perth firm Clayton Utz, becoming a partner in 1985, and managing partner in 1994. Ms Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996, completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers. In 2017 the University of Adelaide awarded Ms Bishop the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University for her contribution to the Australian Parliament.

Emeritus Professor Judith Brett Judy Brett joined La Trobe in 1989 to teach and research Australian Politics, Political Biography and Political History. She retired at the end of 2012. She is committed to engaged political research, bringing the fruits of her enquiry to the general public through books written for a broad readership and through the media.  Among her publications are the award-winning Robert Menzies' Forgotten People, Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class and three Quarterly Essays. In 2017 she published The Enigmatic Mr Deakin which won the 2018 National Biography Award. In March next year she will publish a study of Australia's voting system, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage. She writes regularly for The Monthly on contemporary Australian politics.

John Carroll is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He has degrees in mathematics, economics and sociology from the universities of Melbourne and Cambridge. His work focuses on culture, and its crucial role in the human search for meaning, with particular reference to the modern Western society. His recent books include The Western Dreaming, Terror—a Meditation on the Meaning of September 11, The Wreck of Western Culture—Humanism Revisited, The Existential Jesus, Ego and Soul—the Modern West in Search of Meaning, Greek Pilgrimage—In Search of the Foundations of the West, and Land of the Golden Cities—Australia’s Exceptional Prosperity and the Culture that Made It. John Carroll is also a frequent writer of essays and newspaper articles.

He delivered one of the Alfred Deakin Federation Lectures in 2001—a reflection on Australian culture titled ‘The Blessed Country’. He chaired the Panel reviewing the National Museum of Australia in 2003. Metaphysical Sociology, a book on his work, edited by Sara James, was published in 2018.

Andrea Carson is the recently appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at La Trobe University. She was previously a lecturer in political science at the University of Melbourne and served as an Honorary Fellow with the University's Centre for Advancing Journalism. Her research examines politics and the media - with special interests the media's role in democracy and political communication. She has done extensive research on investigative journalism, Australian politics, public opinion, gender in politics, election campaigns and digital media. Andrea holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in International Politics from The University of Melbourne. She has taught courses on political communication, news media and politics and campaigns and elections. She taught Melbourne University’s Pathways to Politics program aimed at teaching women the skills for public office, with promising outcomes. She has worked previously as a print journalist (The Age), online, radio (ABC, RRR) and TV (producer 7.30).


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