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Laura Tingle in conversation with Fleur Anderson
Laura Tingle in conversation with Fleur Anderson

Date: Friday, 5 October 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Australian Centre on China in the World, 188 Fellows Lane, Acton ACT 2601
Tickets: Free. Please register online


Laura Tingle and Fleur Anderson will be in conversation on Laura's new Quarterly Essay, Follow The Leader.

What is true political leadership, and how do we get it? What qualities should we wish for in our leaders? And why is it killing season for prime ministers?

In this wise and timely essay, Laura Tingle argues that democratic leaders build a consensus for change, rather than bludgeon the system or turn politics into a popularity contest. They mobilise and guide, more than impose a vision. Tingle offers acute portraits – profiles in courage and cunning – of leaders ranging from Merkel and Howard to Macron and Obama. She discusses the rise of the strongman, including Donald Trump, for whom there is no map, only sentiment and power. And she analyses what has gone wrong with politics in Australia, arguing that successful leaders know what they want to do, and create the space and time to do it. After the Liberal Party’s recent episode of political madness, where does this leave the nation’s new prime minister, Scott Morrison?

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 two previous acclaimed Quarterly Essays, Great Expectations and Political Amnesia.

Before joining 89 Degrees East Communications Agency as a Senior Consultant, Fleur Anderson was a senior political journalist and parliamentary sketch writer with The Australian Financial Review, a regular panellist on ABC's Insiders, Vice-President of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and a founding member of the Canberra branch of Women in Media. Fleur Anderson is the author of On Sleep (MUP, 2018). Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event.

This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books will be available to purchase.