Date & Time
July 30, 20203.30 - 4.15pm AEST
Book Launch – watch a recording of the live broadcast below
Morrison’s Miracle | The 2019 Australian Federal Election
Edited by Anika Gauja, Marian Sawer, and Marian Simms. ANU Press
Thursday 30 July 2020
3.30 – 4.15pm AEST
This book, the 17th in the federal election series and the ninth sponsored by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, provides a comprehensive account of the 2019 Australian election, which resulted in the surprise victory of the Coalition under Scott Morrison. It brings together 36 contributors who analyse voter behaviour, campaign strategies, regional variations, polling, ideology, media and the new importance of memes and digital campaigning. Morrison’s victory underlined the continuing trend toward the personalisation of politics and the loss of trust in political institutions, both in Australia and across western democracies. Morrison’s Miracle is indispensable for understanding the May 2019 Coalition victory, which surprised many observers and confounded pollsters and political pundits.
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia with the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra hosted an afternoon tea on Thursday 30 July to celebrate the publication of Morrison’s Miracle: The 2019 Australian Federal Election. Morrison’s Miracle, edited by Anika Gauja, Marian Sawer and Marian Simms, was launched by Mark Kenny of the Australian Studies Institute, The Australian National University. The event was held at the Bookplate Café, National Library of Australia, from 3–5 pm. While guest numbers were limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, the launch was livestreamed for public viewing.
The event livestream is available to view on YouTube here, or the Academy’s Facebook page here.