Laura Tingle - Follow the Leader

Friday 12 October 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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QE & ticket (save $7.50) $23.99, ticket $7.50
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The Courier-Mail's Dennis Atkins is in-conversation with Laura Tingle discussing her Quarterly Essay (QE) Follow the Leader: Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman.

What has gone wrong with political leadership in Australia? And are things likely to change with a change of leader or government?

What is true leadership, and how do we get it? What qualities should we wish for in our political leaders?

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.

In this crisp and timely essay, Laura Tingle examines political leadership in general – some profiles in courage, and cunning – as well as styles of leadership. 

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 acclaimed Quarterly Essays, Great Expectations and Political Amnesia.

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