Bruce Wolpe Meet the Author

28 Jun 2023

ANU/Canberra Times. Meet the Author. Bruce Wolpe

Bruce Wolpe will be in conversation with Mark Kenny on Bruce’s new book Trump’s Australia . How Trumpism changed Australia and the shocking consequences for us of a second term.

What if Trump (or a Trump-like candidate) becomes US president in 2024? Leading expert and US and Australian politics insider Bruce Wolpe reveals the many ways in which Australia was damaged by Donald Trump’s presidency. Seeping into Australia from above and below, Trumpism contaminated public debate, emboldened local political and religious extremists, diminished Australia’s economy and international relations-and much more.

Wolpe predicts America’s democracy won’t survive a second Trump term. The implications for the world and for Australia are shocking. He explains how Australia can draw on its strengths to protect its democracy, economy and society from Trumpism, and where Australia is vulnerable and needs to build guardrails. He warns Australia might also face an existential question about ties with its most important ally.

‘A timely warning and a potential survival guide’ – John Barron, co-host of Planet America

‘A forensic analysis of how President Donald Trump invaded Australia’s politics and prospects’ – Laura Tingle.

Bruce Wolpe is a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He worked with the Democrats in the US Congress during President Barack Obama’s first term, was a senior advisor for Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and a senior executive at Fairfax Media 1998 – 2009. He is author of The Committee, a study of President Obama’s legislative agenda in Congress and Lobbying Congress: How The System Works. He is a regular commentator on US politics for Sky News, ABC News and 2CC.

Mark Kenny is Professor at the Australian Studies Institute at ANU, where he hosts the popular podcast series ‘Democracy Sausage’ .Mark is the Canberra Times political analyst and a regular on the ABC’s Insiders program, Sky News Agenda, and radio programs across the country.

The vote of thanks will be given by Allan Behm, Director, International & Security Affairs Program at The Australia Institute.

This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Please note book signings on this occasion will be only be available before the event but will commence at 5 PM.


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