The Fifth Estate: The Political Pendulum
With the 2013 federal election fast approaching, and two weeks prior to the leadership spill that would see Gillard relinquish the prime ministership, Sally Warhaft spoke with pre-eminent political journalist Michelle Grattan for a special spotlight edition of the Fifth Estate.
What are the issues and initiatives that will matter the most to a voting Australia? How does this federal poll compare to other recent elections? And what have the major parties' leaders learned since 2010? A snapshot conversation on the complicated state of Australia’s political culture, taken on the eve of another big shift.
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.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She hosts the Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, now in its ninth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.