Shelley Gare is the founding editor of The Australian Review of Books, columnist and author of The Triumph of Airheads. On Tuesday 15 March 2011, The Sydney Institute held a discussion on the use of language in political debate developing with a multi-media world, the free use of the web and 24-hour news outlets. Shelley Gare joined Bernard Keane, Canberra correspondent for, and Tom Switzer, editor of the Spectator Australia, to consider what might be happening to public discourse and the use of language.

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