Earlier this week, Chris Wallace and I joined Katharine Murphy for a discussion about political reform, in line with Chris and my essays in the current Griffith Review edition, Fixing the System. With 50 people packed in, it was a sold out event held at the beautiful Muse Bookshop in Canberra. Guardian live have filmed the session, so I hope to share it with everyone once it has been published. Thanks to everyone who came along.
I will be at Avid Reader on Monday 7th March with fellow Griffith University Professor and Griffith Review: Fixing the System contributor, Patrick Weller for a Griffith Review special event. We will be discussing with Courier Mail’s National Affairs Editor, Dennis Atkins, why Australia’s political and social system is unfit for purpose, and insights into how we can fix it.
Griffith Review in conjunction with guardian live present: Fixing the System
Tuesday February 23, 2016, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Muse, Canberra
After my recent discussion on Radio National with Geraldine Doogue and Katherine Murphy, I am pleased to announce that Katherine and I will be at Muse in Canberra at the end of the month along with Chris Wallace, whose excellent essay ‘Needs, greed or deeds’ is published in Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System. Chris and I will be discussing our Griffith Review essays with Katherine (find her Meanjin essay here) and what needs to be done to fix the system.
For more information and to buy tickets, see the event page on the Muse website.
Radio National Saturday Extra’s Geraldine Doogue facilitated a fantastic discussion with Guardian Australia’s Political Editor Katharine Murphy and me about our essays in Meanjin and Griffith Review respectively.
Our focus was how to explain the turbulence of Australian politics in recent years. Katherine has written a perceptive essay entitled ‘The politics we deserve’. In it she reflects on how chaos has become the ‘new normal’ of our democracy. She probes the drivers of our democratic malaise, offering the following diagnosis of the prerequisites for reform:
‘The first and most important fundamental is politics has to first strengthen its own foundations before it can engage in the worth business of fixing the country. Politician, heal thyself’.
Quite so! After our discussion finished, Katharine tweeted that our discussion ‘was only a downpayment on a conversation’. I’m pleased to advise we have a Griffith Review/Guardian Australia joint event scheduled for Canberra in late February/early March. Katharine and I will be in discussion with Chris Wallace, whose excellent essay ‘Needs, greed or deeds’ is published in Fixing the System. Very exciting.
In the meantime, here’s the audio of today’s discussion.[audio mp3="http://www.annetiernan.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/sea_20160130_0810.mp3"][/audio]
Great discussion of my Griffith Review ‘Fixing the System’ essay on tonight’s The Drum on the ABC. So pleasing to see a quality panel deal with substantive challenges in our political system.