Anne Tiernan and Chris Wallace
in conversation with Katharine Murphy
Presented by Griffith Review and Guardian Live
Australia has never been richer, its people better educated and the country better connected internationally, yet there is a widespread perception that systems and key institutions are broken. Interest groups flex their muscle and block each other. Risk management has paralysed the system. Commentators proclaim the ‘end of the reform era’. They lament the rise of a ‘new volatility’ in the nation’s electoral politics; the demise of the capacity and will to lead; and the paucity of debate of the problems and challenges facing Australia. They complain about the resistance to change and openness to bold new ideas, and the ability to talk frankly and fearlessly about the kind of society we want to build for the future. All this is happening in a world that is changing rapidly, but without a clear road map.
Edited by Julianne Schultz and Anne Tiernan, Fixing the System examines this chorus of complaint. It asks what is broken and examines the reasons how and why.
Join co-editor Anne Tiernan and contributor Chris Wallace in conversation with Guardian deputy political editor Katharine Murphy as they consider what needs to be done to revive the lucky country.
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Chris Wallace is a historian, biographer and journalist, and an Australian Prime Ministers’ Centre fellow and a visiting fellow at the National Centre of Biography, School of History, Australian National University, Canberra. Her doctorate investigates political biography as political intervention in twentieth-century Australia. Her books include Greer: Untamed Shrew (Pan Macmillan, 1997), The Private Don (Allen & Unwin, 2004) and Hewson: A Portrait (Pan Macmillan, 1993). Her work has appeared in GriffithReview 16, 19 and 40.
Anne Tiernan is a professor in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. Her books include Lessons in Governing: A Profile of PrimeMinisters’ Chiefs of Staff and The Gatekeepers: Lessons from Prime Ministers’ Chiefsof Staff, both with RAW Rhodes (Melbourne University Press, 2014); Learning to be aMinister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities, with Patrick Weller (MelbourneUniversity Press, 2010); and Power Without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard (UNSW Press, 2007).