Saturday Seminar – Prospects for the Albanese prime ministership in a changing political landscape

Tutor/Facilitator James Walter

Date: on/from Sat 20 Aug 2022 to Sat 20 Aug 2022
Frequency: Single Event
Class time: 2:30-3:30

Delivered ZOOM

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James Walter in conversation with Professor Paul Strangio, chaired by Graeme Davison.

The unusual aspects of the 2022 federal election outcome have provoked a great deal of commentary. What was most striking was its indication that the major parties no longer command a reliable base. The electorate has fractured along complex and multiple lines. Much has been attributed to failures of leadership, and policy inaction on matters that polling suggested were leading issues of concern in the electorate. Leadership churn – 5 prime ministers between 2007 and 2022, 4 of whom were brought down by internal party challenges – has been remarkable. Yet not everything can be attributed to questionable leadership. Demographic and systemic change has also made governing more problematic.

In this seminar, James Walter and Paul Strangio will discuss the recent era of leadership instability in Australian politics, focusing on its causes and its negative consequences for governance. They will also consider the prospects for a return to stability and better governance under a different style of leadership, such as Anthony Albanese has proposed: one that is collaborative and consensual. Their conversation will be chaired by Graeme Davison.

James Walter is Emeritus Professor, and Paul Strangio Professor of Politics, in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. James is a contributor to and participant in a range of U3A courses at Port Phillip. Paul is one of Melbourne’s most respected press and radio commentators on federal and Victorian politics. They are recognised as among the foremost authorities on leadership in Australia. Graeme Davison is Emeritus Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor of History in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. He is Australia’s preeminent urban historian and a notable contributor to public, social and family history. His generosity, literary flair and cosmopolitan range have influenced many historians, including James Walter and Paul Strangio.

James and Paul have co-authored or edited four books on the Australian Prime Ministers, including a two-volume history of the prime ministership, Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction (2016); and The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949-2016 (2017) (with Paul ‘t Hart). The latter was awarded the Henry Mayer Prize for the best book on Australian politics by the Australian Political Studies Association in 2019. Graeme Davison’s prize-winning books include The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne (1978 and 2004), Car Wars How the Car Won our Hearts and Conquered our Cities (2004); and City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia (2016).

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