Curious Worldview Podcast

90: Sean Kelly | A Portrait Of Scott Morrison, Australia's 30th Prime Minister

May 31, 2022 Sean Kelly Episode 90
Curious Worldview Podcast
90: Sean Kelly | A Portrait Of Scott Morrison, Australia's 30th Prime Minister
Show Notes


The following is a conversation with Sean Kelly, the author of The Game, A Portrait Of Scott Morrison. 

Scott Morrison is the recently defeated, 30th Prime Minister of Australia. He was described in Sean’s book as someone with a core ideology of deep confusion. All Australians have their own idea about who Scott Morrison is, but for those of you reading who are not Australian, I will just say Morrison was someone known as the spin doctor. He was the leader of the liberal party which is the centre-right party in Australia and his reputation was one largely of inauthenticity in desperation to be seen as just a normal, regular Australian. 

Sean’s book was really fascinating for more than just the portrait of Morrison that it paints, but also for reflections on various modern parts of Australia’s culture. It is bloody interesting. Sean Kelly is an Australian journalist and a regular contributor to The Monthly. He was also a political adviser to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

In This Podcast With Sean Kelly, You Can Expect To Hear About…

  • Is Morrison A Bafoonish Machiavellian?
  • How Politics Is Performative, Rather Than Authentic.
  • Scott Morrison & Religion.
  • Australia As The Lucky Country.

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  • 00:00 – Introduction.
  • 01:54 – A Bafoonish Machiavellian.
  • 12:10 – Political Leaders With No Core Beliefs.
  • 20:45 – ScoMo’s Curries, the Sharks & Inauthenticity.
  • 33:41 – Biggest Grub In Federal Parliament.
  • 37:47 – Morrison & Religious Faith.
  • 43:44 – What Does It Mean ‘Australia The Lucky Country’.
  • 53:56 – Has Scott Morrison Read Your Book?
  • 58:12 – Most Bullish Country + Conversation Between Any Two People Of History.
  • 1:00:56 – Afterthoughts & Ambition.

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