Author Talk: Lech Blaine | Black Inc.
Lech Blaine

Author Talk: Lech Blaine

Who is Peter Dutton, and what happened to the Liberal Party?

In Bad Cop, Lech Blaine traces the making of a hardman – from Queensland detective to leader of the Opposition, from property investor to minister for Home Affairs. This is a story of ambition, race and power, and a politician with a plan.

Dutton became Liberal leader with a strategy to win outer-suburban and regional seats from Labor. Since then we have seen his demolition of the Voice and a rolling campaign of culture wars. What does Peter Dutton know about the Australian electorate? Has he updated Menzies’ Forgotten People pitch for the age of anxiety, or will he collapse the Liberals’ broad church? This revelatory portrait is sardonic, perceptive and altogether compelling.

About the author

Lech Blaine is the author of the memoir Car Crash and the Quarterly Essay Top Blokes. He is the 2023 Charles Perkins Centre writer in residence. His writing has appeared in Good WeekendGriffith ReviewThe Guardian and The Monthly.

Organised in partnership with Constant Reader Bookshop.

Date:   Wednesday 10 April

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: Stanton Library, 234 Miller St North Sydney, NSW 2060

Price:   This is a free event.