The Fifth Estate
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A month on from the federal election, once the dust has settled, we’ll take an in-depth look at the events of 18 May and discuss what we might expect from the new Morrison government.
With a mandate, and likely a revamped front bench, can Scott Morrison unite a fractured country and leave a lasting legacy? What are the policy goals of the Liberals in their third term in government and how will they handle the cynicism that has infected much of the electorate? What kinds of new alliances might we see forming in the Left of politics over the next few years?
Host Sally Warhaft and veteran journalist Paul Kelly will also discuss how the inaccuracy of the 2019 pre-election forecasts might affect our political culture. With predictions proving surprisingly inaccurate, is there reason to hope our elected representatives may now break free from the tyranny of fortnightly news polls? What might that mean for Labor?
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth 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.
Paul Kelly is editor-at-large at The Australian and a former editor-in-chief of the News Limited national broadsheet from 1991 to 1996.
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