Laura Tingle In conversation with

27 Nov 2020

In conversation with Laura Tingle

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Friday, November 27 Manning Clark Theatre Kambri Cultural Centre ANU 6 -7 PM

Laura Tingle and Don Russell will be in conversation on Laura’s new quarterly essay The High Road What Australia Can Learn from New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand are often considered close cousins. But why, despite being so close, do we know so little about each other? And is there such a thing as national character?

In this wise and illuminating essay, Laura Tingle looks at leadership, economics, history and more. Competitiveness has marked our relationship from its earliest days. In the past half-century, both countries have remade themselves amid shifting economic fortunes. New Zealand has been held up as a model for everything from tax reform to the conduct of politics to the response to COVID-19.

Tingle considers everything from Morrison and Ardern as national leaders to the different ways each country has dealt with its colonial legacy. What could Australia learn from New Zealand? And New Zealand from Australia? This is a perceptive, often amusing introduction to two countries alike in some ways, but quite different in others.

Laura Tingle is chief political correspondent for ABC-TV’s 7.30. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011. She is the author of Chasing the Future: Recession, Recovery and the New Politics in Australia and three acclaimed Quarterly Essays, Great Expectations, Political Amnesia and Follow the Leader.

Dr Don Russell  has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Don served as Australia’s Ambassador to the USA in Washington during the Clinton years and was Principal Adviser to the Hon Paul Keating both during his time as Treasurer and Prime Minister. Don Russell is currently the Independent Chair of AustralianSuper, Australia’s largest superannuation fund  Don has a PhD from the London School of Economics, a MEc from ANU and a BEc (Hons) (First) from Flinders University.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration for this event is essential and social distancing must be adhered to.

Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the foyer for seated consumption in the auditorium.

This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop with book signings both before and after the event.

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