The Gentle Art Of Persuasion (Or Not)

Moderator: David Crowe • Ed Coper, Kerry-Anne Walsh, and Kim Huynh

10.00 AM – 11.00 AM
Members' Dining Room
Museum of Australian Democracy

How can we communicate better, discern disinformation, diffuse disagreement, and listen and learn in a world awash with opposing opinions?



Ed was on the front lines when the internet collided with democracy, growing Australia's first online political movement, GetUp, to quickly amass more members than every political party combined. He is a leading political communications expert who pioneered techniques to bring politics into the digital age. He powered's global expansion into over 18 countries and has been behind the scenes of many of the last decade's most prominent social movements. Ed is based in Sydney and is the author of Facts* and other Lies.



Kerry-Anne Walsh was in the Canberra press gallery for 25 years, occupying senior posts in print, radio and TV. Disenchanted with political spin and the nature of political reporting, she left the gallery in 2009 to establish her consultancy, KA Communications. Her book The Stalking of Julia Gillard won the 2014 Australian Book Industry Award for the best non-fiction book of the year. Kerry-Anne and her son Kieran live in Canberra, and she continues to be a keen questioner of Australian politics.



Kim Huynh is an ANU scholar who teaches a popular course on “Political Belief and Deceit” which covers everything from Plato to Post-Truth. He has published fiction, creative non-fiction and co-edited The Culture Wars: Australian and American Politics in the 21st Century. Kim also hosts ABC Radio Canberra’s Sunday Brunch program and ran in the recent federal election with the Kim for Canberra party.



David Crowe has been chief political correspondent of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald since February 2018. David is a regular on the ABC’s Insiders, Radio National, the Nine Network and Sky News, and is the president of the Canberra press gallery. He is the author of The Digital Edge and Venom.