Does Australia Need a Donald Trump?

DOES AUSTRALIA NEED A DONALD TRUMP?

With Tom Switzer, Parnell McGuinness, James Morrow and Miranda Devine 

Join us after work for drinks and canapes in Sydney on April 3 as we debate whether Australia needs a disruptive leader like Donald Trump.

He has turned US politics upside-down by mocking the media, provoking critics, cutting bureaucracies, setting ambitious targets and pursuing them with the unpredictability of a world-class negotiator. By doing so, Donald Trump has revived investment, employment, share prices, consumer confidence and US global power, not to mention grass-roots patriotism.

Australian politicians, meanwhile, are constrained by Canberran conventions. Could we use a maverick? Could a shrewd outsider with a showbiz streak do to Australia what Trump has done for the US? Join us as our two panels – Miranda Devine and James Morrow (for) and Tom Switzer and Parnell McGuinness (against) – imagine the consequences.

DATE: Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 6pm-8pm

VENUE: Hudson House, Level 15, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney

COST: $30 pp/ $15 members. Click here to book

ENQUIRIES: Please contact James Mathias at [email protected] or (02) 6273 5608.

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39 Responses to Does Australia Need a Donald Trump?

  1. Barry 1963

    A worthy debate. The closest we’ve come to a Trump was Joh.

  2. Tom

    Yes.

    But stop dreaming.

    No-one in Australia believes in anything but Big Governnment.

    Stop pretending there is a majority that believes in anything else.

    Australians are lazy wannabes who dream about governments leaving them alone. But they’re not prepared to fight for it.

    Freedom requires revolutionaries.

  3. Phill

    Simple answer: Shit yeah.

  4. 2dogs

    The ALP seems intent on keeping a grip of the working class, in a way that the Democrats in the US did not.

    Who can entice them away? And to which party?

  5. Give me liberty or give me a green card!

  6. candy

    I don’t know about comparing Australia to America. Culture/political system, taxation system is all different.

    As well, Australians don’t vote in mavericks. We may love Crocodile Dundee but we simply will not vote for him in any major way.

  7. RobK

    I agree Candy. I think we need a team of talent to work its magic. Still someone needs to put it together.

  8. Mitchell Porter

    We could do this the old-fashioned way and just install a Trump as head of state. Don Jr can have the UK, Eric can have Canada, Tiffany can have Australia, and Barron can have New Zealand. (Ivanka gets Israel, obviously.)

  9. Dr Fred Lenin

    Our swamp is in Canberra a similar place to DC ,inhabited by the same type of entitled person definitely needs the broom through it ,antiquated privelaged thinking like the Canberra Town Council and the Northern Territory Shire Council ,bunch of big frogs in little ponds .( and they aren’t even French ,Parisites ). .

  10. Sparkle Motion

    Wall between South Australia and the rest of the country?

  11. Jeremy

    We don’t need Donald Trump, we need a political party whose constitution prevents political apparatchiks, (the people who go from student politician to political staffer to politician) from gaining positions of influence – particularly pre-selection as party representatives.
    Random selection by lot would produce better representatives than the current systems of both major parties.
    The current systems are designed to repel normal members of the public, allowing apparatchiks to parcel the positions out among themselves.
    Imagine if the only way to gain pre-selection was to gain the support of Party members who were not political staff. The membership drives would be amazing! The policies might resemble the wishes of the electorate!

  12. JohnA

    Once, the requisite answer to the question would have been:

    “Is the Pope a Catholic?”

    These days, it’s Phill’s reply.

  13. Clam Chowdah

    No. Of course not. Are you fucking insane?

  14. Yes but – We don’t know who because he’ll be an unexpected nominee coming out of left field.

  15. H B Bear

    Yes but compulsory preferential voting means we will never get one. Just either branch of the UniParty.

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  18. Malcolm

    What a stupid idea for a debate. The Menzies Research Centre should return to its knitting. The world doesn’t need another Satan.

  19. Mother Lode

    We have had two Malcolms and they have been disasters.

    The first one had one talent – he was not exactly the same Gough/ALP. And that was enough because, if viewed as a venn diagram, there was this sliver of an arc of non-ALP policies that scraped through. Badly beaten, disfigured, hobbling and bleeding from open gashes in its hide, but it made it.

    The current Malcolm is what we call an unmitigated disaster.

    He is a savant with a single but very highly honed ability – self-adoration. In every other sphere of endeavour he is absolutely inept.

    I don’t think I would trust either Malcolm to make recommendations for what Australia would benefit from.

  20. StrayanDrongo

    Miranda Devine? No thanks

  21. Lorraine

    Australia sure needs a Donald Trump – Absolutely!

  22. Just goes to show how stupid and uninformed our pundits are to even ask this question.
    It is not….repeat NOT possible to get a ‘Trump’ type so needing one or not is mute.
    I need a private yacht with 3 nubile “yes” girls, doesn’t mean I’ll ever be able to get it.

    The US can get a Trump only because the executive is separate from, and elected independently to the house and senate.
    Now ask yourself, could the US house of reps ever get a ‘Trump’ of its own? No, it can only get the Paul Ryan or Pelosi or John Bohnhead type uniparty swamp dwellers. Because it’s the swamp dwellers like them who elect the house leader.
    It’s the swamp dwellers in Australia who elect the Prime Minister. Any mavericks are frozen out and discarded as soon as possible. Just ask Cory B.

  23. jo

    Dr Fred Lenin
    #2667830, posted on March 22, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Our swamp is in Canberra a similar place to DC ,inhabited by the same type of entitled person definitely needs the broom through it ,antiquated privelaged thinking like the Canberra Town Council and the Northern Territory Shire Council ,bunch of big frogs in little ponds .( and they aren’t even French ,Parisites ). .

    Fred, not even big frogs.

  24. Henry2

    StrayanDrongo
    #2667980, posted on March 23, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Miranda Devine? No thanks

    Absolutely agree. Miranda Devine has been dead against Trump. why would she be in the pro argument?

  25. Leo G

    Progressivists need conservatives not to matter. Conservatives need to have not those who ensure conservatives don’t matter.

  26. Confused Old Misfit

    Seems to me, without wanting to descend into incivility too deeply, that it’s an opportunity for the panel of luminaries to flaunt their virtue.
    They will declaim: “I can’t stand the man, but…”; “he’s simply terrible and we certainly wouldn’t want anybody like that here, but…”
    Speaking for myself, I would welcome him with open arms. Full stop.

  27. Fat Tony

    As if those who can change the system will change the system – to their own detriment.

  28. Stimpson J. Cat

    America gets a Trump.
    We get a Clive.

    That’s how it works people.

  29. mh

    Donald Trump has revived investment, employment, share prices, consumer confidence and US global power

    Which the Trump haters in the media said would not happen.

  30. Leigh Lowe

    StrayanDrongo

    #2667980, posted on March 23, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Miranda Devine? No thanks

    Exactly.
    $30 to listen to Trumble’s pom-pom girl?
    No thanks.

  31. Justin

    We kind of had one in Jeff Kennett at least at the state level.

    Treated as a joke candidate he quickly transformed Victoria with an unapologetic challenge to other states that he would make Victoria the “place to be” if memory serves correctly. Anyway, it was a call to state pride after a decade plus of decline under the Left.

    He gave no quarter to the looney Left media, including the ABC and got down to business draining the swamp and putting people into positions that shared his vision. He refused to be captured by bureaucrats. He spoke his mind, straight to the people, didn’t overly indulge in virtue signalling or such rot, stuck it to the greenies protesting at Albert Park and got on with infrastructure building.

    Confidence took off, business investment return and Victoria rebounded quickly.

    Kennett was the forerunner to a Trump in Australia. But with Liberals so captured by the left I can’t see a rerun of Kennet on any level of government.

    No other politician has come close to Kennet since. He would be our closest Trump comparison.

  32. Robber Baron

    Australia desperately needs a “Donald Trump,” but who?

    I’ve thought long and hard about his and the closest person I can think of is Kerry Packer. Unfortunately, Kez left us over a decade ago and no one since has come close.

  33. Shy Ted

    Australia needs a Rambo. I’ll tell him who the enemy is.

  34. John Stankevicius

    Play ford – my father kept on saying if he had been in Europe. He would be bigger than Churchill, hitler , Mussolini etc great man with a peaceful vision for productive lives.

  35. rickw

    An Australian Trump is impossible.

    Australia has been filled with non-Australians that vote.

    Australians don’t have the numbers anymore.

  36. struth

    Does Australia need a Trump?

    Does a boil need a prick?

  37. Laura

    Yes we certainly do need a Trump in Australia ….we only have a few journalists who have the guts to speak the truth

  38. fred

    No, we just need our version of the 2nd amendment so that we can keep our governments honest.

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