After the extraordinary outcomes of the 2010 Federal Election, Australian voters, pundits and politicians alike are asking the same questions: what happened? Where does this apparent disillusionment come from? What’s wrong with our political system and what kind of constitutional change is needed to fix it?
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser will be joined by Lindsay Tanner and Malcolm Turnbull to discuss political leadership and the party machines, candidate preselection and campaign fundraising, as well as the need for a bipartisan approach on fundamental and moral issues. If Australian democracy is broken, what significant changes must be made?
Fran Kelly, the presenter of ABC’s Radio National Breakfast programme, is one of Australia’s leading political interviewers and commentators.
Malcolm Turnbull is the Prime Minister-designate of Australia.
The federal member for Wentworth is a former Minister for Communications and Minister for Environment and Water Resources. He has worked in the law, journalism and the corporate sector, as well as being the driving force behind the Australian Republican Movement.
Margaret Simons is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres, Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story, What's Next in Journalism?, Journalism at the Crossroads and Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs, co-written with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser. The latter won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2011.
In addition to her academic work, Margaret regularly writes for the Saturday Paper, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, the Monthly and other publications.
Malcolm Fraser (1930–2015) served as Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister from 1975 until he resigned from federal politics in 1983, after 28 years as the Federal Member for Wannon. He held several ministries during his time in Parliament, including Minister for the Army, Minister of State for Defence and Minister for Education and Science.
Lindsay Tanner was the minister for finance and deregulation in the Rudd-Gillard governments, and held the seat of Melbourne for the ALP from 1993 to 2010. Having retired from politics at the 2010 federal election, he is now a special adviser to Lazard Australia, and is a vice-chancellor's fellow and adjunct professor at Victoria University. Mr Tanner is the author of several previous books, including Politics with Purpose (2012) and Sideshow (2011), also published by Scribe.