In conversation with Malcolm Turnbull
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Malcolm Turnbull will be in conversation with Katharine Murphy on Malcolm’s autobiography A Bigger Picture, including the definitive narrative of his Prime Ministership. He describes how he legalised same-sex marriage, established Snowy Hydro 2.0, stood up to Donald Trump, rebooted Australia’s defence industry and many more achievements, delivered in the teeth of much opposition. His Prime Ministership ended after three years, leaving many Australians asking, ‘Why?’
But it’s far more than just politics. Turnbull’s life has been filled with colourful characters and controversies, success and failure. From his early years in Sydney, growing up with a single father, to defending ‘Spycatcher’ Peter Wright against the UK Government; the years representing Kerry Packer, leading the Republican Movement and making millions in business and finally toppling Tony Abbott to become Prime Minister of Australia. For the first time he tells it all – in his own words.
With revelatory insights on the workings of Canberra and the contentious events of Turnbull’s life, A Bigger Picture explores the strengths and vulnerabilities of one of Australia’s best-known and dynamic business and political leaders.
Malcolm Turnbull was educated at Vaucluse Public School and Sydney Grammar School, before graduating from Sydney University with a BA LLB. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a further law degree at Oxford. At the Federal election on 9 October 2004, Malcolm Turnbull was elected as the Member for Wentworth. In September 2008, he was elected by his colleagues to lead the Liberal Party as Leader of the Opposition, a position held until 1 December 2009. Malcolm Turnbull was the Minister for Communications from September 2013 to September 2015 and elected the leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister on 14 September 2015. He was re-elected as Prime Minister of Australia at the Federal Election on 2 July 2016, leaving Parliament in 2018.
Katharine Murphy has been Guardian Australia’s political editor since 2016, working in Canberra’s parliamentary press gallery for 22 years She is a regular commentator on television and radio and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Canberra, from which she was awarded an honorary doctorate in October 2019. Katharine has won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism and has been a Walkley finalist twice.