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The resurgence of the political right - what it means for Australia

  • 16 Aug 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Sydney Marriott Circular Quay, 30 Pitt Street (Thomas Keneally Room, Level 2)
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  • Corporate Members are able to bring along guests at member prices. If you book for 10 people, Farm Writers will reserve you a table.


Farm Writers Lunch

The resurgence of the political right - what it means for Australia

Friday 16 August 2024

12:00 for 12:30pm

Come and listen to legendary economic, business and political journalist, Robert Gottliebsen OAM, in this special Farm Writers lunch where we look at global trends and their impact on Australian agriculture

The rise of right-wing parties in Europe, an invigorated Donald Trump and an emboldened Peter Dutton are symptomatic of many in mainstream society feeling left behind and rejecting progressive politics. Farmer protests in Europe, and Australia, and a growing sentiment that regions and their concerns are being abandoned in favour of city-based citizens’ needs is seeing divisions emerge, and deepen, across the western democratic world.

It’s not the first time that trends at the highest echelons of society have hit roadblocks in the wider community. So what does that mean for the direction the world is going?

Robert Gottliebsen has commentated on economic and business trends for over 60 years and has had a bird’s eye view of fads and follies throughout that time.

Currently, he is seeing a backlash against the messages promoted by the highest levels of politics, corporations and the media, and believes that progressive institutions have failed to bring the community along for the ride.

Given how influential trends such as decarbonisation and sustainability will be on agriculture, what are the global repercussions for Australia and how will they impact domestic policy and corporate considerations?

Robert Gottliebsen has spent more than 60 years writing and commentating about business and investment in Australia. He has won both a Walkley Award and Australian Journalist of the Year award.

Robert writes daily for The Australian, continuing to be one of the paper's most read columnists.

In a storied career, his highlights include;

  • Founding the Chanticleer column at the Australian Financial Review
  • Pioneering the finance segment on ABC nightly news, as well as radio
  • Launching the magazine Business Review Weekly, which was the most read business magazine, per capita, in the world
  • Mentoring some of Australia’s most famous business journalists including Alan Kohler, David Koch and Ross Greenwood
  • Creating business newspapers in Hong Kong and New Zealand
  • Co-investor and columnist for Australia’s first independent digital finance website, Business Spectator
  • He has a place in the Australian Media Hall of Fame and in 2018 was awarded a Lifetime achievement award by the Melbourne Press Club. He received an Order of Australia Medal in 2018 for services to journalism and educational governance.

Bookings for this lunch will close on 12 August 2024. Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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The Marriott and Farm Writers have COVID-safe practices in place, in line with the current guidelines for gatherings in hospitality venues. A full refund will be available should fresh restrictions mean cancelling or switching to a webinar.

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