On Borrowed Time

Robert Manne In Conversation with Catherine McGrath

Saturday 25 August 2018
2.30PM – 3.30PM
Senate Chamber
Museum of Australian Democracy

One of Australia’s leading intellectuals, Robert Manne has riffed on everything from the ‘failure’ of economic rationalism to Islamic State and why media baron Rupert Murdoch can’t be stopped. In his latest book, On Borrowed Time, the ever-forceful Manne reflects on his struggle with cancer, his love of family and friends, and the great care shown to him by medical staff while hospitalised. Manne will be in conversation with leading Canberra communications specialist and former journalist, Catherine McGrath.

Robert Manne is an Emeritus Professor of politics at La Trobe University, Melbourne.  He is one of Australia’s foremost public intellectual who applies his brilliant mind to climate change, the media, WikiLeaks, Turnbull’s leadership and Trump’s links to Russia, among other urgent political and social issues shaping our world. He has written three Quarterly Essays and is a regular contributor to The Monthly and The Guardian.

Catherine McGrath is a giant of the Australian media and a well-known Canberra identity, keynote speaker, MC, writer and businesswoman. Catherine spent 30 years reporting for the ABC and SBS in both Australia and overseas and was political editor for both public broadcasters. These days she runs an events, speaking and training business and is the founder of #WomenSpeaking a program designed to train more women to speak at conferences & events Australia wide. Catherine also writes business stories for The RiotACT.