In conversation with Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen will be in conversation with Karen Middleton on Eric's new quarterly essay The Prosperity Gospel, How Scott Morrison won and Bill Shorten lost.

What went wrong for Labor and how did Scott Morrison achieve his remarkable victory? In this insightful and dazzling report from the campaign trail, Erik Jensen asks who are Morrison's "quiet Australians"? What did Shorten Labor fail to see? And will fear always trump hope in politics? The Prosperity Gospel sheds new light on the politics of a divided nation.

Jensen homes in on the insecurities that drive Bill Shorten and the certainties that helped Scott Morrison win and considers how each man reflects, challenges and comforts the national character. This is a fresh revealing look at the meaning of the 2019 election.

Erik Jensen is the award-winning author of Acute Misfortune and On Kate Jennings. He is founding editor of The Saturday Paper and editor-in-chief of Schwartz Media. He has written for film and television and has won the Walkley Award for Young Print Journalist of the Year and the United Nations Association of Australia's Media Peace Award.

Karen Middleton is Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper. Karen has worked in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1989 and previously, was Chief Political Correspondent for SBS Television. Karen regularly appears on ABC TV's Insiders and The Drum and is a a contributor to ABC radio, Monocle24 Radio UK and Radio New Zealand.

ANU Political scientist, Emeritus Professor John Warhurst, and weekly Canberra Times columnist, will give the vote of thanks.

Pre-event book signings will be available from 5:30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase. Bar and restaurant facilities are also available in the new Kambri precinct.