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Gideon Haigh: The Brilliant Boy

Sun 12 Sep, 2pm

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Labor opposition leader HV ‘Doc’ Evatt’s page in the history books has long been obscured by the shadow cast by his rival Robert Menzies during the prosperous 1950s. In The Brilliant Boy, prize–winning writer Gideon Haigh shines a light on a sometimes forgotten figure who believed that Australia could be an example to the world of a progressive and just society. The author of over 40 books, Haigh chats with Ryan Batchelor about a complex leader who also served as Australia’s only ever UN General Assembly President and was instrumental in the founding of Israel.

Supported by The McKell Institute


1 hour


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Ryan Batchelor is a public policy writer and researcher, and current executive director of the McKell Institute Victoria. His work in policy and politics has taken him through the corridors of the Prime Minister’s Office, the villages of Timor-Leste, and along the cobblestones of Cambridge. He lives in Melbourne with his partner and two sons.

Gideon Haigh has contributed to more than 100 newspapers and magazines, and published more than 40 books. He has won Premier's Literary Awards in three states, two Waverley Library Prizes and a Ned Kelly Award for True Crime.

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