Has Australia become unable to elect good leaders? How do our last three prime ministers compare to say, Robert Menzies, Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke and John Howard? Former speechwriter for Paul Keating and the award-winning author of Recollections of a Bleeding Heart, Don Watson, and one of Australia’s most respected journalists, six-time Walkley Award winner and the bestselling author of Keating, Kerry O’Brien, ask: what happened to our leaders? Two long-time observers of Australian politics unravel what happens when politics became more about marketing, and less about propriety and good policy. Together, they consider Australia’s future when critical policies are dictated by powerful vested interests rather than the common good.

Don Watson (Australian)

Don Watson

Don Watson is an award-winning author and former speechwriter for Paul Keating. His books include Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, American Journeys, The Bush, the Quarterly Essay Enemy Within: American Politics in the Time of Trump and There It Is Again, a collection of his writing. Don's most recent book is On Indignation.

Kerry O’Brien (Australian)

Kerry O’Brien

Kerry O'Brien is a journalist and author best known for his 33 years at the ABC, including 15 years as the editor and anchor of The 7.30 Report, six years as the inaugural anchor of Lateline and five years as the anchor of Four Corners. His four-part ABC interview series with former prime minister Paul Keating was critically acclaimed and expanded into a bestselling book. His latest book, a memoir, is an intimate and groundbreaking account of the big milestone moments of the post-war era.