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Lech Blaine in conversation

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Lech Blaine’s often hilarious QE, Top Blokes: The Larrikin Myth, Class and Power asks what makes a top bloke? Does the myth of the larrikin still hold sway? And whatever happened to class in Australia?

In this perceptive essay, Lech Blaine dissects some top blokes, with particular focus on Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese, but stretching back to Bob Hawke and Kerry Packer. This is a riveting narrative of how image conquered politics, just as globalisation engulfed the Australian economy. While many got rich and entertained, look where we ended up. Blaine shows how first Howard, then Morrison, brought a cohort of voters over to the Coalition side, “flipping” what was once working-class Labor culture. He weaves in his own experiences as he explores the persona of the Aussie larrikin. What are its hidden contradictions – can a larrikin be female, Indigenous or Muslim, say? – and how has it been transformed by an age of affluence? He makes the case that the time has come to bury a myth and for the nation to seize a new reality.

Blaine will be in conversation with the Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy whose latest QE centred on Scott Morrison’s response to the pandemic in 2020.

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Quarterly Essay 83: Top Blokes - The Larrikin Myth, Class and Power

Quarterly Essay 83: Top Blokes - The Larrikin Myth, Class and Power

Lech Blaine

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