Whitlam to Turnbull: our governments

A La Trobe University event is pairing two of Australia's best known political, media and policy commentators for an in-depth interrogation of forty years of politics in Australia  and asking: what have been our most impressive governments?

Emeritus Professor Robert Manne will host journalist Michelle Grattan at the next Ideas and Society event to talk about policy, politics and the public from the years spanning Prime Minister Gough Whitlam to current leader Malcolm Turnbull.

Michelle Grattan AO is one of Australia's most respected and awarded political journalists. She has been a member of the Canberra parliamentary press gallery for more than 40 years. She currently has a dual role, as an academic at the University of Canberra and as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent at website, The Conversation.

Robert Manne has been commenting on Australian politics for almost as long as Michelle has been reporting it. He is an emeritus Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University and convener of the Ideas and Society Program, which hosts a series of debates and public lectures that consider critical questions and issues of our times.

Emeritus Professor Manne said the discussion with Michelle Grattan, which is being held at 6.15pm on Tuesday 6 September, would provide rich and deep insights into a time of great change in Australia.

“There is no one whose knowledge of this period is more profound or whose judgment concerning the major events of Australian politics is more reliable,” he said. “I look forward to a fascinating, enlightening and entertaining conversation with Michelle Grattan.”

Topics discussed on the night will include:

* Who has led the most impressive government in the years between Whitlam and Turnbull?
* What have been the most important changes in Australia’s political culture since the 1970s?
* Is Australian democracy more or less vibrant than it was forty years ago?
* How well adapted is our political system to deal with the economic, social and environmental challenges we will face into the future?

Tickets to attend the event are available here.

Media; Tim Mitchell 0437 457 780