The Wheeler Centre is proud to announce the prime ministerial event we had to have. In this very special Sunday event, Paul Keating will be in conversation with Robert Manne to coincide with the publication of his post-prime ministerial speeches. From art and architecture to history and music, from economics and politics to his continuing vision for a better Australia, this event and the book promise to be as full of the flair and turn of phrase as you’d expect from our most quotable public figure.
Paul Keating will be in conversation with Robert Manne.
Robert Manne’s many books include Making Trouble and The Words That Made Australia (as co-editor). He is the author of three Quarterly Essays, In Denial, Sending Them Home and Bad News. He is a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at La Trobe University.
Paul Keating was prime minister of Australia from 1991 to 1996.
Keating became prime minister in December 1991 and led the ALP to an historic fifth term of Government in March 1993. As prime minister, he continued his progressive reform program, which included the establishment of a National Training Authority, a national superannuation scheme to redress low national savings and labour market and training reforms which addressed Australia’s long-term unemployment problems.
Other key achievements of the Keating Government included the review of the Sex Discrimination Act, the historic Mabo legislation recognising the land rights of Australia’s Indigenous people and the introduction of legislation ensuring protection of endangered species.
Following the defeat of the ALP in March 1996, Mr Keating resigned from Parliament. He continues to take a close interest in the national issues with which he was associated in public life. Mr Keating has been awarded Honorary Doctorates in Laws from both Keio University in Tokyo and the National University of Singapore.