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Quarterly Essay - The Reckoning
Erik Jensen in conversation with David Marr
What went wrong for Labor and how did Scott Morrison achieve his remarkable victory? In this dazzling report from the campaign trail, Erik Jensen homes in on the insecurities that drive Bill Shorten and the certainties that helped Scott Morrison win. He considers how each man reflects, challenges and comforts the national character.
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.
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 was the winner of the Walkley Award for Young Print Journalist of the Year and the United Nations Association of Australia’s Media Peace Award.