Troy Bramston will be in conversation with Paul Kelly about his new book, Robert Menzies. The Art of Politics, a revelatory biography of Australia's longest-serving prime minister. In the context of the upcoming federal election, Troy and Paul will discuss what today's politicians can learn from Menzies more than 50 years after he retired.
Who was Robert Menzies, what did he stand for, what did he achieve? Troy Bramston has not only researched the official record and published accounts, but has also interviewed members of Menzies' family, and his former advisers and ministers. He has also been given exclusive access to family letters, as well as to a series of interviews that Menzies gave that have never been revealed before. They are a major historical find, in which Menzies talks about his life, reflects on political events and personalities, offers political lessons, and candidly assesses his successors.
Robert Menzies is the first biography in 20 years of the Liberal icon - and it contains important contemporary lessons for those who want to understand, and master, the art and science of politics.
"A refreshing look at Australia's longest-serving PM. A surprising amount of new information for such a historical figure, and an enjoyable and compelling read to boot" - Peter van Onselen.
Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australiannewspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011. Troy is the author or editor of nine books, including Paul Keating: the big-picture leader (2016), which was a finalist for the Walkley Award and shortlisted for the National Biography Award. Troy co-authored with Paul Kelly, The Dismissal: in the Queen's Name (2015), the co-winner of the Australian Book Industry Award.
Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large on The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. Paul has covered Australian governments from Gough Whitlam to Scott Morrison and is a regular television commentator on Sky News. He is the author of nine books including Triumph and Demise on the Rudd-Gillard era.
The vote of thanks will be given by Professor Peter Shergold AC, former Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and now Chancellor of Western Sydney University.
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.