Politics and public knowledge in contemporary Australia

6:30 pm–10:00 pm
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wildflower restaurant
Ticket price: $195 (includes canapés, three courses and wine)

The quality of decision making in a country rests on its standard of public knowledge. Join Australian journalist and author Paul Kelly for a unique dinner at acclaimed restaurant Wildflower to discuss the nature of contemporary Australian politics, the fragmentation of the media and the changing nature of the national conversation and public policymaking.

The conversation will be moderated by Helen Trinca, Managing Editor of The Australian newspaper.

About the speakers

Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large of The Australian newspaper. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. Kelly has covered Australian governments from Gough Whitlam to Tony Abbott. He is a regular television commentator on Sky News program Australian Agenda. He is the author of eight books, including The End of Certainty: On the politics and economics of the 1980s. His most recent book, Triumph and Demise, covered the Rudd–Gillard era and his earlier book, The March of Patriots, offered a re-interpretation of Paul Keating and John Howard in office.

Helen Trinca is Managing Editor of The Australian and editor of the paper’s monthly business magazine, The Deal. Her long career in Australian journalism includes stints as the paper’s Deputy Editor, European correspondent, and Editor of The Weekend Australian Magazine. She was founding editor of BOSS magazine at The Australian Financial Review and has also worked as an ABC radio producer. In 2014, her biography Madeleine: A life of Madeleine St John was the joint winner of the Prime Minister’s award for non-fiction.


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This event is presented by Knowledge Society and sponsored by the City of Perth and the State Buildings.

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