In conversation with Rebecca Huntley


Rebecca Huntley will be in conversation with Andrew Leigh about her new Quarterly Essay: Australia Fair, Listening to the Nation. Rebecca asks, what do Australians want most from their next government? Too often we focus on the angry, reactionary minority. But, Huntley shows, there is also a large progressive centre. For some time, a clear majority has been saying they want action - on climate and energy, on housing and inequality, on corporate donations and the corruption of democracy.

In Australia Fair, Rebecca Huntley reveals the state of the nation and makes the case for democratic renewal - should the next government heed the call.

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's leading social researchers. From 2006 until 2015, she was the director of the Mind & Mood Report, Australia's longest-running social trends report. She is now head of Vox Populi research. Her most recent book is Still Lucky. She presents The History Listen on ABC Radio National.

Dr Andrew Leigh MP is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. He holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, and his latest book is Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World."

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. Stephen served as speech writer to Prime Minister Bob Hawke in the 1980s and is a former Canberra Press Gallery journalist.

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.