In Quarterly Essay 74, The Prosperity Gospel, a dazzling and insightful look at the 2019 federal election, built from pen portraits and reports from the campaign trail, Erik Jensen considers what went wrong for Labor and how Scott Morrison won his remarkable victory.
Who are Morrison’s “quiet people”?
What did Shorten Labor fail to see?
And will fear always trump hope in politics?
Through interviews and close observation, Jensen homes in on the insecurities that drive Bill Shorten and the certainties that helped Scott Morrison win. He considers how each man reflects, challenges and comforts the national character. This is a fresh, urgent look at the meaning of the 2019 election.
Erik Jensen is the author of Acute Misfortune and On Kate Jennings. He is editor-in-chief of The Saturday Paper.
The author talk is followed by question time and the opportunity for book signing.
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