The 28th Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony Abbott AC joins the Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, John Roskam for a three-part discussion about the future of the Australian way of life.

All episodes are now available below.

Australia’s Future with Tony Abbott and John Roskam: Episode Three

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks with John Roskam about what makes the Australian way of life unique and valuable. Tony and John discuss the meaning of classic Australian characteristics like the fair go and mateship, and why they are still relevant today, before going on to talk about the interaction of economic and cultural issues affecting mainstream Australia play out in our politics, and what normal people can do to keep our country strong and prosperous.

You can read the transcript here.

Australia’s Future with Tony Abbott and John Roskam: Episode Two

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks with John Roskam about some of the challenges facing our country and how they can be overcome. Tony and John talk about the recent wave of iconoclasm that has followed the Black Lives Matter protests and why it is a mistake to condemn Australia, one of the fairest and most prosperous countries in the world, as fundamentally racist. They discuss the cultural and historical illiteracy that underpins this imported critique and the failure of the political class and other elites to push back against it.

You can read the transcript here.

Australia’s Future with Tony Abbott and John Roskam: Episode One

In this first episode, Tony and John discuss some of the economic and cultural implications of the coronavirus pandemic. They note that politicians have been trying to duck accountability for their decisions by hiding behind the experts, and Australians seem to have gone along – so far. This raises the question of whether we have seen equality of sacrifice in the struggle against the virus, and why politicians and senior public servants should take a pay cut for the duration of the crisis. More broadly, the pandemic has taken place amid the rise of the “talking class” and the decline of the “doing class”. The reasons for this trend are discussed, along with what can be done to restore economic opportunity and confidence in our institutions and way of life.

You can read the transcript here.

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