Prime Minister's Summer Reading List 2015 - Grattan Institute

Prime Minister's Summer Reading List 2015

Grattan Institute launched our annual Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister, held in Melbourne at the State Library of Victoria on Tuesday 15 December.


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Grattan Institute will launch our annual Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister, in  Melbourne at the State Library of Victoria on Tuesday 15 December.

Every year Grattan Institute releases a summer reading list for the Prime Minister. It recommends books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any Australian interested in public debate, will find both stimulating and cracking good reads. We are pleased to announce this year’s list:

Warrior: A legendary leader’s dramatic life and violent death on the colonial frontier – Libby Connors

Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia – Amra Pajalic and Demet Divaroren (editors)

Creating Cities – Marcus Westbury

Other People’s Money: Masters of the universe or servants of the people? – John Kay

Rising Inequality: A benign outgrowth of markets or a symptom of cancerous political favours? – Paul Frijters and Gigi Foster

Love Poems and Death Threats – Samuel Wagan Watson

The books on this year’s list tackle a range of themes vital to contemporary Australian life and society, from the future of our cities and the integration of cultures and faiths, to love and money. Stories about growing up Muslim in Australia, and early white settlers’ attempts to coexist with Indigenous Australians are powerful reminders of our shared humanity and of the lessons of history. The list includes original thinking about our cities and why they thrive or wither, and two compelling tales about money: one about the financiers who trade in its mysteries, the other about how Australia’s super-rich made so much of it. There is also a new collection of incandescent and joy-filled poems from a remarkable Australian voice.

ABC Presenter Virginia Trioli joined Grattan Institute CEO John Daley in Melbourne to discuss how these titles illuminate some of Australia’s most important debates.


Virginia Trioli is one of Australia’s best-known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. She is much sought-after as a speaker and MC, and combines a rigorous interviewing style with an often wicked sense of humor. Virginia has held senior positions at the Age newspaper and the Bulletin magazine. For eight years she hosted the Drive Program on 774 ABC Melbourne, and the Morning Program on 702 ABC Sydney. She has been the host of ABC TV’s premiere news and current affairs program, Lateline, also Artscape and Sunday Arts. She is a regular fill-in host on Q and A. She currently anchors ABC News Breakfast on ABC 1 and ABC News 24. 

John Daley is the CEO at Grattan Institute. John is one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers, with 25 years experience in the public, private and university sectors. He has worked for ANZ and McKinsey in a career that also includes expertise in law, finance, education, and workers compensation.