It's my party: Are Australian political parties true to their founders?

In an election year the focus is squarely on policy announcements and critiquing political performances, but three of the nation's strongest political hard hitters - John Faulkner, Joe Hockey and Bob Brown - will pause to reflect on the foundations on which their respective parties have been built at a unique event hosted by the Whitlam Institute(opens in a new window) within the University of Western Sydney.

It's My Party: The Ideas That Fashioned Our Contemporary Parties will be held at the Riverside Theatres(opens in a new window) in Parramatta on Wednesday 1 May at 7pm.

NSW Labor Senator The Hon John Faulkner, Liberal Party Shadow Treasurer The Hon Joe Hockey MP and former Leader of the Australian Greens Bob Brown will discuss how the philosophical roots of their parties have shaped the Labor, Liberal and Greens parties of today.

Director of the Whitlam Institute, Mr Eric Sidoti(opens in a new window), says the event will provide the public with a rare insight into the organisations that are shaping Australia in the 21st century.

"At a time when 24 hour news cycles and sound bites are the norm in politics, and when issues-based politics dominate, it's refreshing to engage in a deeper look at the nation's major political parties," says Mr Sidoti.

"It's often said people are shaped by their past. We'll tap the minds of three of the nation's leading politicians to discover if it is the same for our modern political parties. Are the parties true to their founding members' philosophies? How are modern policies shaped by a party's political heritage? Is there a philosophical framework binding their policies and priorities?

"It should be a fascinating and insightful evening of political conversation."

It's My Party: The Ideas That Fashioned Our Contemporary Parties is part of the Behind the Lines exhibition of political cartoons which runs until 26 May in the foyer of the Riverside Theatres.

What: It's My Party: The Ideas That Fashioned Our Contemporary Parties
When: 7pm Wednesday 1 May 2013
Where: Riverside Theatres(opens in a new window), Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta

How to get to Riverside Theatres(opens in a new window)

Public bookings: Tickets are available for $12 from the Riverside Box Office(opens in a new window) 02 8839 3399


23 April 2013

Media contact: Paul Grocott, Senior Media Officer

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