Australian politics from Whitlam to Turnbull: change and continuity

The Ideas and Society Program at La Trobe University presents a discussion between Michelle Grattan and Emeritus Professor Robert Manne on Australian politics from Whitlam to Turnbull: change and continuity.


Michelle Grattan has been reporting on Australian politics for the past forty years. There is no one whose knowledge of this period is more profound or whose judgment concerning the major events is more reliable. In this Ideas and Society Program event, Emeritus Professor Robert Manne, who has been writing on the broad themes of the Australian political culture for almost as long as Michelle, will be asking her some of the largest questions:

  • 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 during this period?
  • 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?

All those interested in these questions ought not to miss what should be a fascinating and enlightening conversation.

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, during which time she has covered all the most significant stories in Australian politics. Michelle is currently a Professorial Fellow at the University of Canberra and Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation.

Robert Manne is Emeritus Professor of politics and Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at La Trobe University. A leading public intellectual and commentator, he is the author of In Denial, Left, Right, Left, and Making Trouble. Recently he has published influential essays on the papal encyclical on the environment and on humanity's failure to rise to the challenge of change.

Date/time: Tuesday 6 September, 6.15pm-7.45pm
Where: Theatrette, State Library of Victoria (enter via entry 3, located at 179 La Trobe Street)
Cost: $15 general public, $10 La Trobe alumni and staff; free for La Trobe University students