Many have argued that under John Howard, Australia was subject to a new found wave of neo-liberalism. Veteran journalist Paul Kelly suggests that this description is inaccurate and that many of Howard's ideals were simply old-fashioned.
In his new book The March of Patriots, Kelly contends that some of the policies of the Keating and Howard governments were not too dissimilar, particularly in regards to economics. At the launch of his book in Melbourne, Paul Kelly discusses some of the big events and policies that have framed our recent political history.
He is in conversation with Julia Gillard and Steve Bracks.
Louise Adler AM was born in Melbourne and attended local schools before completing a BA at Reading University and an MA and MPhil at Columbia University. She worked as a teaching assistant at Columbia University between 1977 and 1980, then returned to Melbourne where she taught in the English department at Melbourne University for seven years.
Adler began her career in publishing with a term as editor of the Australian Book Review (1988-89), and followed this with five years as the Publishing Director at Reed Books. In 1994 she became Arts and Entertainment Editor for The Age. Following this, Adler joined the ABC's Radio National as the Presenter of Arts Today. She is the CEO and Publisher of Melbourne University Publishing.
Steve Bracks is a former Australian politician, and the 44th Premier of Victoria, holding the position for eight years, from 1999 to 2007.
Julia Gillard is an Australian politician and the current Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, the fourteenth person and the first woman to hold this position. She is also the deputy leader of the federal Australian Labor Party (ALP).
Gillard has been an ALP member of the Australian House of Representatives since the Australian federal election in October 1998. She represents the Division of Labor in Victoria. She was elected unopposed as deputy leader on 4 December 2006 and became the Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and the Shadow Minister for Social Inclusion on 10 December 2006.
Paul Kelly is an Australian political journalist, and historian. He has worked in a variety of roles, and is currently "editor-at-large" for The Australian, an Australian national newspaper.
He has written several books on the political events of the 1970s and 1980s including the Australian constitutional crisis of 1975. His latest book, The March of Patriots, chronicles the creation of a modern Australia during the 1991-2007 era of Paul Keating and John Howard.