Political fragmentation

political fragmentaiton

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In this Grattan Institute State of Affairs talk, listen to a panel of experts and leading thinkers tackle the rise of protest politics in Australia through compelling and thoughtful conversation.

Plus, complete your evening with a free tour of SLQ's latest exhibition Freedom Then, Freedom Now to discover more about this topic throughout Queensland history.

Register for your free lecture tickets and free tour tickets below.


Post Trump, post Brexit, post policy: the rise of populism

Established political parties are struggling across the developed world, while 'outsider parties' rise. Although the outsider vote is rising everywhere, it has risen particularly fast in regions further from big cities.

These voting patterns are being used to justify all kinds of policy reforms such as increased income redistribution, more regional development money, tighter migration control, and more intrusive security regulation.

But these proposals all make assumptions about what is really driving the rise of outsider parties. And opinions differ. Some focus on economic explanations: increasing inequality, slower economic growth, or differences in economic growth between cities and regions. Others think that the issues reflect culture wars: too much (or the wrong kind) of migration, too much social liberalism, or widening cultural divides between metropolis and region. And some think that the problems are institutional, reflecting falling trust in established structures, and a widening gap between rulers and ruled.

This discussion will present detailed Grattan analysis about the real shifts in Australia’s economy, culture and institutions, and which of them are plausibly linked to shifts in voting. And then it will consider what policy reforms would do most to re-engage people in the institutions that are vital to good government.

Exhibition tours

From drinking, smoking and gambling to voting, marrying and travelling — and everything in between — what are the freedoms that Queenslanders take for granted? Freedom Then, Freedom Now is an intriguing journey into our recent past exploring the freedoms enjoyed and restricted in Queensland, and examines what happens when collective good intersects with individual rights. Freedoms often depend on age, racial or religious background, gender, income and where you live. Freedoms change over time and with public opinion. This exhibition draws on the extensive collections of SLQ to reminisce, reflect on and explore freedoms lost and won in Queensland. 

Tour times:

  • 5pm–5.30pm (complimentary drink from 5.30pm in the White Gloves Room, level 4)
  • 5.30pm–6pm (complimentary drink from 5pm in the White Gloves Room, level 4)
Thu 17 Aug 2017, 6:00 pm - 07:15 pm
SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2
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