Fightback! 25 years on from the Liberals’ unlosable election

March 13 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1993 federal election contest between the incumbent Paul Keating and John Hewson. In the lead up to the recession ‘we had to have’, John Hewson emerged as the leader of the opposition Liberal party. He set out early and launched his Fightback policy in late 1991 representing the Coalition’s new future policy direction.

Join us on Thursday, March 15, as we delve into the past and ask; How consequential was the race? Did Keating’s demolition of the Coalition’s free-market manifesto herald the demise of the reform agenda in Australia? And, did the “unlosable election” spell the end of political transparency?

John Hewson: Former Liberal Opposition Leader 1990 – 1994 and Chair of ANU’s Tax and Transfer Policy Institute.
Paul Kelly: Editor-at-Large with The Australian, author of The End of Certainty and commentator on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs.
Miranda Devine: Columnist with the Daily Telegraph and former radio host on Sydney’s 2GB.
Troy Bramston: Columnist with The Australian and author of Paul Keating: The Big Picture Leader.
Moderator: Tom Switzer: Executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies and a presenter at ABC’s Radio National.

Event Details:

When: Thursday, 15 March

Where: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Time: 5.45 pm for a 6 pm start. The event will conclude by 7.15 pm

Cost: $20 members*, $30 non-members

For event enquiries please email Max Hawke-Weaver at

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at

* Members are defined as paying an annual fee of $150 or above.

Limited parking is available within the building complex. Online pre-bookings are essential to secure a car spot and discounted parking rate. Please visit the Secure Parking website, select the car park at 131 Macquarie Street and enter the promotion code: CIS10 when making your booking. If you are travelling by train, Martin Place and Circular Quay are the nearest stations to our office, with Wynyard a few minutes further away.