The Hard Right in Australia - Dominic Kelly in Conversation with Guy Rundle...

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On the day of the annual Big Red Bookfair, the New Internatinoal Bookshop Presents:

A conversation between Dominic Kelly and Guy Rundle about Dominic's new book: Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics: The Hard Right in Australia

In the mid-1980s, Ray Evans and his boss at Western Mining Corporation, Hugh Morgan, became the pioneers of a new form of political activism. Morgan and Evans set up four small but potent organisations, intending to transform public thinking on industrial relations, the Constitution, Indigenous affairs and climate change.

Together they had an energy that bordered on fanaticism. They lobbied politicians and wrote opinion articles. They were born intriguers and colourful speakers. It was Bob Hawke who called them ‘political troglodytes and economic lunatics’, yet in their dogged pursuit of influence these hard right conservatives had an impact on mainstream public policy that continues today. Calmly, forensically and with a dry wit, Dominic Kelly shows how they did it.

Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics is a case study in how some very determined people can change a political culture.

Dominic Kelly’s writing has appeared in The Age, The Monthly, Guardian Australia, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and Inside Story. He is an honorary research fellow at La Trobe University.

Guy Rundle is writer-at-large for Crikey. He has previously been the editor of Arena Magazine, producer of TV shows from Comedy Inc to future retro cult classic Vulture, the writer of four hit shows for the satirist Max Gillies, and the author of numerous books, including A Revolution in the Making: 3D Printing, Robotics and the Future, Down to the Crossroads: On the Trail of the 2008 election, Clivosaurus: The Politics of Clive Palmer and Inland Empire: America at the end of the Obama era.

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