Personality, Politics and our Past PMs (John Haward)
Where exactly does K Rudd fit into the traditions set by our national leaders? In this lively session from the Perth Writers Festival, political journos and biographers Robert Macklin and Paul Kelly discuss the last generation of Lodge-livers, from blokey Hawkey and smooth-as-Zegna Keating, to wannabe common men Howard and Rudd. How important is personality and background in forming the styles and policies of our PMs? And is little Kevin really the schoolyard victim, trying to fend off attack from the playground bully, Tony Abbott?
Paul Kelly is an historian, political journalist and editor-at-large at The Australian. He spent two decades in the Canberra Press Gallery and has written several books on the political events of the 1970s and 1980s. His latest book, “The March of Patriots”, chronicles Australian federal politics from 1991-2007 when, he argues, Paul Keating and John Howard shared a nationalistic urge, even if they expressed it in vastly different ways.
Robert Victor Macklin is an author and journalist, who began his writing career for the Brisbane Courier Mail, before moving to The Age and then to The Canberra Times. In 1967 he became press secretary to Deputy Prime Minister John McEwen shortly before the death of Harold Holt, when McEwen briefly became Prime Minister. He has written several documentary films, and fiction and non-fiction books. His latest book is “Kevin Rudd: The Biography”.
David Cohen is a freelance journalist based in Perth.
Source: ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv/fora/stories/2010/03/22/2852296.htm