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Quarterly Essay - The Reckoning

Quarterly Essay - The Reckoning

In Quarterly Essay 74, Erik Jensen, Editor in chief of The Saturday Paper, considers what went wrong for Labor and how Scott Morrison won his remarkable victory. Who are Morrison’s “quiet people”? What did Shorten Labor fail to see? And will fear always trump hope in politics?
3 July 2019 12:30pm to 1:30pm


General Admission: $10.00
State Library Friends Members: Free


Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000


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.


head shot of Erik Jensen

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.


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