In a world of fake news and populist politics, elections can seem like theatre. With growing rates of informal votes and a perceived narrowing of differences between the major parties, do Australian elections really matter? Taking ten examples, Elections Matter: Ten Federal Elections that Shaped Australia argues that elections do matter (even when it seems they don’t).
Meet the editors Frank Bongiorno, Benjamin T Jones and John Uhr at the Canberra launch of Elections Matter. To be launched by chief political correspondent for The Conversation, Michelle Grattan
Doors open 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start
About the Editors
Frank Bongiorno is Professor of History at the Australian National University. His books include The People’s Party: Victorian Labor and the Radical Tradition 1875-1914, The Sex Lives of Australians: A History, and The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia.
Benjamin T Jones is a historian at the Australian National University specialising in republicanism and Australian politics. His work has been disseminated in leading history and education journals and the mainstream media. His recent books include Atheism for Christians, Republicanism and Responsible Government, and Project Republic.
John Uhr is professor of political science in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University, where he established the Centre for the Study of Australian Politics. Among his recent books is Political Leadership and Rhetoric, written with Dr Adam Masters .