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Join us online to hear Laura Tingle discuss her latest Quarterly Essay, The High Road- What Australia can Learn from New Zealand.

In a tumultuous year, Australia and New Zealand have never been closer, as we move towards a shared travel zone. But why, despite being so close, do we seem to know so little about each other? And is there such a thing as national character?

In this wise and illuminating essay, Laura Tingle looks at leadership, character and two nations in transition. In the past half-century, both countries have remade themselves amid shifting economic fortunes. New Zealand has been held up as a model for everything from privatisation to the conduct of politics to the response to COVID. Tingle considers how both countries have been governed, and the different way each has dealt with its colonial legacy. What could Australia learn from New Zealand? And New Zealand from Australia?

This is a perceptive, often amusing introduction to two countries alike in some ways, but quite different in others.

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Quarterly Essay 80: The High Road - What Australia can Learn from New Zealand

Quarterly Essay 80: The High Road - What Australia can Learn from New Zealand

Laura Tingle

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