Paul Strangio at the Australian Senate Occasional Lecture Series


Aus-senate-occ-lecture-seriesMonash Art's Associate Professor Paul Strangio will be giving a lecture in Canberra this week as part of the Australian Senate Occasional Lecture Series entitled “The Australian Prime Ministership–Origins and Evolution“.

In contemporary Australia the prime ministership is indisputably the most closely observed and fiercely contested office in the land, yet very little has been written about its origins and evolution. Paul Strangio's lecture will examine the office’s pre-history in the colonial era and its rudimentary beginnings in 1901.

The lecture will also explore how the major office holders of the Commonwealth’s early decades contributed to the development of the prime-ministerial repertoire, gradually turning the office into a platform for national leadership by the middle of last century. This development fulfilled the promise first articulated at the Federation Conventions of the 1890s that the prime ministership would be ‘the blue ribbon of the highest possible ambition’ in Australian public life.


Associate Professor Paul Strangio

Paul Strangio is an Associate Professor of Politics in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University.

He has authored and edited numerous books on Australian political history, among them: Keeper of the Faith: A Biography of Jim Cairns (2002); Neither Power Nor Glory: 100 Years of Political Labor in Victoria, 1856–1956 (2012); and, with Paul ‘t Hart and Jim Walter, Settling the Office: The Australian Prime Ministership from Federation to Reconstruction (2016).

He is currently working on a second volume of the history of the prime ministership that is due for publication in 2017.

About the lecture

  • The Australian Prime Ministership–Origins and Evolution
    Friday 2 September, 12.15pm to 1.15pm
    Main Committee Room, Parliament House
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