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]