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Dominic Kelly

Dominic Kelly in conversation with David Marr

Political history at its best. This is the story of the hard right in Australia – of how Ray Evans and his boss at Western Mining Corporation, Hugh Morgan, became the pioneers of a new form of right-wing politics whose forceful reshaping of public debates transformed Australian politics. With a calm gaze, forensic detail and a dry wit, Dominic Kelly shows how they did it.

Starting in the mid-1980s, Evans set up four small but potent organisations: the H.R. Nicholls Society (industrial relations), the Samuel Griffith Society (constitutional issues), the Lavoisier Group (climate change) and the Bennelong Society (Indigenous affairs). Their aim was to transform public debate on key issues.

Morgan and Evans had an energy that bordered on fanaticism. They lobbied politicians and wrote op-eds. They were born intriguers and colourful rhetoricians, with a wide influence that famously included treasurer-to-be Peter Costello. It was Bob Hawke who called the H.R. Nicholls Society ‘political troglodytes and economic lunatics’; yet in their dogged pursuit of influence, the hard right made an impact. From successive backdowns on emissions targets to the rejection of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the efforts of hard right conservatives continues to be felt today – not only on the right but across mainstream public policy.

Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics is a compelling case study in how some very determined people can change a political culture.

 

Date:   Tuesday 26 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney Australia

Price:   $12

Dominic Kelly

Dominic Kelly in conversation with David Marr

Political history at its best. This is the story of the hard right in Australia – of how Ray Evans and his boss at Western Mining Corporation, Hugh Morgan, became the pioneers of a new form of right-wing politics whose forceful reshaping of public debates transformed Australian politics. With a calm gaze, forensic detail and a dry wit, Dominic Kelly shows how they did it.

Starting in the mid-1980s, Evans set up four small but potent organisations: the H.R. Nicholls Society (industrial relations), the Samuel Griffith Society (constitutional issues), the Lavoisier Group (climate change) and the Bennelong Society (Indigenous affairs). Their aim was to transform public debate on key issues.

Morgan and Evans had an energy that bordered on fanaticism. They lobbied politicians and wrote op-eds. They were born intriguers and colourful rhetoricians, with a wide influence that famously included treasurer-to-be Peter Costello. It was Bob Hawke who called the H.R. Nicholls Society ‘political troglodytes and economic lunatics’; yet in their dogged pursuit of influence, the hard right made an impact. From successive backdowns on emissions targets to the rejection of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the efforts of hard right conservatives continues to be felt today – not only on the right but across mainstream public policy.

Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics is a compelling case study in how some very determined people can change a political culture.

Date:   Tuesday 26 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney Australia

Price:   $12/$9/gleeclub free

Richard Cooke

Tired of Winning Launch

Polarised, unequal, enraged and spiritually bereft, the American experiment, under Donald Trump, looks to be on the brink of failure.

In this award-winning series of dispatches and essays, Richard Cooke explores US society before, during and after one of the most high-stakes midterm elections in history.
From the aesthetics of semi-automatic rifles to the aftermath of a media mass shooting, from #MeToo at the Capitol to the paintings of former president George W. Bush, Cooke’s travels take him from the climate change coast all the way to Silicon Valley.

But this is not another diner-hopping, two-week car journey into Trump country. Instead, it’s a radical effort to capture dissonant and varied Americas, more often unreal than “real”. The nation has shattered under a barrage of social estrangement, malign politics, dark money, and the pull of the internet and social media. This chronicle collects the glittering shards.

Entertaining, terrifying and timely, Tired of Winning is searing analysis from an inimitable political thinker, set loose on the schisms and the clamour of contemporary America.

Date:   Thursday 28 March

Time:   7:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney Australia

Price:   This is a free event

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Book Launch : Growing Up African in Australia

Join the editors and authors of Growing Up African In Australia at this very special afternoon at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum.

Your chance to secure a copy of the book and hear from contributors to this important publication.

Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together voices from the regions of Africa and the African diaspora, including the Caribbean and the Americas. Told with passion, power and poise, these are the stories of African-diaspora Australians.

Contributors include Faustina Agolley, Santilla Chingaipe, Carly Findlay, Khalid Warsame, Nyadol Nyuon, Tariro Mavondo and many, many more.

Date:   Sunday 31 March

Time:   2:30pm

Venue: Immigration Museum 400 Flinders Street Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Price:   $29.99