Laura Tingle in conversation with Don Russell
Laura Tingle in conversation with Don Russell

ANU/The Canberra Times Meet the Author series
Date: Friday, 27 November 6:00 p.m. AEST
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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 previous 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.

The Hon Dame Annette King, New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia, will deliver the vote of thanks.

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

This event is being held in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and a book signing with Laura will take place both before and after the event.