With the recent political explosion in Australia – the dumping of yet another prime minister – came an avalanche of political interviews. But how much did we learn from these public interrogations? Have political interviews infused with intense media management run out of puff? With the decline of mass media, will they simply fade away? In this discussion recorded in October, Jane Goodall and Stephen Mills join Peter Clarke to take the temperature of the contemporary political interview.
Stephen Mills is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney and a former speechwriter for prime minister Bob Hawke. His latest book is The Professionals: Strategy, Money and the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia (Black Inc.).
Peter Clarke’s discussion of political interviewing, “The Interview: A Hollow Dance Looking for New Moves,” appears in Australian Journalism Today (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
Interviews mentioned in this podcast
• Christopher Pyne on 7.30, May 2014
• Christopher Pyne’s “Fixer” interview in March 2015
• Tony Abbott on 7.30, 9 September 2015
• Bill Shorten on Q&A, 21 September 2015
• Malcolm Turnbull on 7.30, 21 September 2015
• Scott Morrison on 7.30, 23 September 2015
• Malcolm Turnbull on the BBC’s Hard Talk
• Sarah Ferguson’s A.N. Smith Lecture