In conversation with Kerry-Anne Walsh

ANU/CANBERRA TIMES MEET THE AUTHOR 

Kerry-Anne Walsh will be in conversation with Karen Middleton about Kerry-Anne's new book, Hoodwinked. How Pauline Hanson Fooled A Nation. 

Pauline Hanson claims to represent the average Australian but Kerry-Anne Walsh has discovered nothing could be further from the truth. 'Very few public figures can claim the level of fame, or infamy, that Pauline does. So much so, her surname isn't needed. Everyone knows her, or knows of her, and nearly everyone has a passionate viewpoint about her; she doesn't engender indifference.'

So who is Pauline Hanson, the woman and politician? Does she really stand for the battler, or has it only ever been about her personal pursuit for power and infamy? Has she duped her loyal supporters, who have kept her in the public eye and propelled her back into parliament because she 'speaks for them'? Pulling no punches, and with a finely developed sense of the absurd, Kerry-Anne Walsh's conclusion is an emphatic yes. Perceptive, surprising and revealing, get ready for Hoodwinked to take you on one wild ride.

Kerry-Anne Walsh was in the Canberra press gallery for twenty-five years occupying senior posts in print, radio and TV, leaving full-time journalism in 2009. She remains a political commentator on TV and radio, including on the Speers program on Sky News and regularly on Radio New Zealand. Her book The Stalking of Julia Gillard won the 2014 Australian Book Industry Award for the best non-fiction book of the year.

Karen Middleton is The Saturday Paper's Chief Political Correspondent, previously occupying the same role for SBS Television. Karen has worked in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1989 and served as its President for four years. Karen is an experienced television, radio and newspaper commentator, appearing regularly on ABC TV's Insiders.

The vote of thanks will be given by Dr Stephen Mills, honorary senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. He served as speechwriter to Prime Minister Bob Hawke in the 1980s and is a former Canberra Press Gallery journalist.

Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books will be available to purchase.