The radical moment: what do Sanders, Corbyn and Trump mean for the ALP?


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March 30, 2016 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm



Donald Trump for President? God save America. But what about Bernie Sanders – could he go all the way? Could Jeremy Corbyn become British Prime Minister, or Marine Le Pen run France?

As different as these four politicians are, they are all part of the radical moment of right and left that is shaking the political systems of many western countries and putting mainstream parties into retreat.  What does this moment mean for Australia and for the ALP?

Malcolm Turnbull's liberal values are being neutered by conservative forces in his own party.  Will our political landscape be shaped by an antipodean Sanders, Corbyn or even Trump? Should Labor fear the rise of anti-establishment candidates? How should it respond to the radical moment, if it comes.

To help us unpack these questions, we welcome these exciting speakers:


Clare O'Neil is the Federal Member for Hotham and one of Labor's rising stars. At just 23, Clare was the youngest female mayor in Australia's history (for the City of Dandenong). She is the co-author of Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment, which talks about what our next generation of politics, policy and ideas will demand. Clare has also worked as a McKinsey consultant and studied public policy at Harvard Kennedy School.


Mat Keneally is a practising lawyer, comedian and political commentator.  He is a regular contributor to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and The Monthly.


Tom Bentley, a co-founder of Open Labor, is a writer and policy adviser based in Melbourne.  He was the Director of Demos, the London based think tank, and deputy chief of staff to Julia Gillard.  He works with institutions around the world and writes for the Guardian.