Can the lessons of history help us to solve the problems of the present? Can history provide clues about the widespread contemporary disillusion with politics and democratic institutions? Can it guide us in navigating difficult policy reform in areas such as immigration, climate change, welfare and taxation? This series of interviews with prominent politicians, public servants and academics seek to bring the wisdom of hindsight to bear on the issues that challenge us today.
- Interview with Dr Andrew Leigh
Dr Andrew Leigh, ALP Member for Fenner, describes how he believes that Australians are increasingly concerned about rising inequality and are keen for solutions, and how important it is for politicians and academics to be able to tell stories to get their message across.
- Interview with former Prime Minister, Hon. John Howard
Former Prime Minister John Howard recalls the political framing of Tampa in 2001, muses about how he would have acted if he had been in charge during the Vietnam War, and reflects on the circumstances that led him to invoke the ANZUS Treaty after 9/11, plus plenty more in this conversation with Professor David Lowe about the nexus between policy and history.