The Rise of the Right – La Trobe Ideas and Society event

In recent times, Donald Trump has been elected as President of the US, the British people have voted to leave the European Union, right-wing regimes have taken power in Hungary and Poland, right-wing parties in Western Europe have grown steadily, while in Australia the One Nation Party has been reborn.

Will the future of politics in the West be determined by the kind of anti-establishment populism these separate developments seem to represent?

La Trobe University’s Ideas & Society Program, convened by Emeritus Professor Robert Manne, has assembled a stellar panel to consider this crucial question in depth:

Professor Simon Jackman is one of the distinguished and penetrating Australian political scientists, formerly at Stanford, he is presently the head of the United States Studies Centre in Sydney.


Katharine Murphy, a senior journalist with The Guardian Australia, is one of the most perceptive and respected observers of Australian political culture.


Guy Rundle, the reporter at large for Crikey, is one of the most original, scintillating and theoretically-minded public intellectuals in Australia.


The panel will be chaired by Judith Brett, Emeritus Professor of Politics at La Trobe University and the author of several books on the history of the liberal-conservative tradition in Australia.

According to Professor Manne: “The rise of the populist right is probably the most consequential political development of the current era. Anyone genuinely interested in the future of the United States, Europe and Australia, and indeed of the world, ought not to miss this discussion.”

Tuesday 13 June
6:30 – 8:00pm
State Library of Victoria
Theatrette (enter via entry 3)
$5 LTU students, $10 LTU staff and alumni

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