Professor, historian, political commentator, Frank Bongiorno, will speak at Ngara Institute’s Politics in the Pub on September 25 at Mullumbimby’s Courthouse Hotel.
Professor Bongiorno will discuss the outcome of the 2019 Federal election and what it tells us about the state of Australian democracy in a presentation entitled Pursuing Progressive Politics in Dark Times: Making Meaning Out of the 2019 Election.
He will present the idea that the contest may well have been unique for Australian politics in returning to office a government deeply mired in division, scandal and confusion.
The evening will explore whether there are any clues in Australian political history that might help us to explain these happenings, or whether we have experienced a profound break with the patterns and rules that have seemingly guided national politics for generations.
Professor Bongiorno AM is the Head of the School of History at ANU and is an Australian political, labour and cultural historian. He has a particular interest in the history of the Australian Labor Party, on which he has published widely.
Frank is a regular contributor to the media, especially Inside Story and The Conversation, and has appeared on The Drum. He has also written for Australian Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, the Monthly, the Australian and Fairfax Media.