Since leaving office, former Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull have definitely and determinedly not gone gentle into the good night, instead becoming trenchant critics of the incumbent Prime Minister and his Government, and the type of politics they practise. Focussing particularly on the pernicious power of Murdoch and the urgency of action on climate change, this unlikely duo remain important and unapologetic voices in our increasingly polarised political debate.
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Kevin Rudd is a former Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of Australia. Since leaving office in 2013, he has served as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. He also serves as Chair of the International Peace Institute, Sanitation and Water for All, and the National Apology Foundation.
Jo Dyer is currently Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week. She has held leadership roles at national cultural institutions including Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Theatre Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre and her freelance productions have been staged at venues including the Sydney Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai and the legendary Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. A two-time nominee for Best Picture at Australia’s AACTA awards, Jo’s films have won awards and screened worldwide, notably at the Berlin International Film Festival. Jo’s first book, Burning Down the House: Reconstructing Modern Politics, was published in February 2022 as part of Monash University Publishing’s In the National Interest series.