Speaker's Lecture: Sir Robert Menzies

Thursday, 22 August 2019 in General interest

Robert Menzies is Australia’s longest-serving prime minister and the only one in the past 50 years to leave office at a time of their own choosing. The principal founder of the Liberal Party looms large in Australian politics and is constantly evoked by his successors.

In this lecture, Troy Bramston draws on his new biography, Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics to examine how Menzies learned and applied his art. Troy will consider Menzies’ philosophy and policies as well as the personal forces that drove him in public life. He will review how parties, leaders and the parliament have changed since Menzies’ time and suggest how today’s politicians and policymakers can learn from his example in ways that will make our democracy stronger.

Robert Menzies, The Art of Politics will be available for purchase at the lecture. Troy will also be available to sign copies of the book for a short time after the event.

About the presenter: Troy Bramston

Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011.

He was previously a columnist with The Sunday Telegraph. In addition to the Menzies’ biography, Troy is the author or editor of eight other books, including Paul Keating: The Big Picture Leader (2016), and, co-authored with Paul Kelly, The Dismissal: In the Queen’s Name (2015).

Lecture details

Tuesday 17 September 2019 
Main Committee Room, Parliament House, Canberra
11.15 am to 12.15 pm

Admission free – bookings not required.

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