We Need to Talk About New Zealand




The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, 29th Prime Minister of Australia, and Quarterly Essayist Laura Tingle debate the sliding door moments for Australia and New Zealand in light of the urgent challenges ahead. From China to climate change, from terrorism to the free market, and from Indigenous representation to democratic institutions, our close Kiwi cousins have done things very differently from us.

Join Quarterly Essay for a discussion of Malcolm Turnbull’s A Bigger Picture and the intersections with Laura Tingle’s latest essay The High Road and a fascinating look at our parallel and divergent nations, and what we might learn from each other as we look to the year ahead.

Laura Tingle

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 four acclaimed Quarterly Essays: Great Expectations, Political Amnesia, Follow the Leader and The High Road.


Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull was the 29th Prime Minister of Australia. Prior to entering politics he enjoyed successful careers as a lawyer, investment banker and journalist. In 2020 he released his memoir, A Bigger Picture.