Author: Jayani Nadarajalingam

Jayani is a lecturer with the Melbourne School of Government and currently in the final stages of her PhD (undertaken at Monash University's Law and Arts (philosophy) faculties). She has a BA(Hons)/LLB(Hons) from Monash University and an LLM (Legal Theory) from New York University. Her research methodologies are primarily from political philosophy, constitutional theory and social theory. She is interested in applying these methodologies to law, politics and public policy, with a particular focus on institutional change, social justice and political leadership. Before joining the University of Melbourne in January 2019, she taught a wide range of subjects at Monash University in both the Law and Arts (philosophy) faculties. Last year she was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick visiting fellow with Professor Adrienne Stone's Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law at the Melbourne Law School.

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What Key Quality Should Australia’s Next PM Have?

Strength, courage, wisdom, vision, judgment, responsiveness: all characteristics as desirable in political leaders as they are elusive. These traits are difficult to describe in the abstract, and historic examples of their demonstration by leaders turn on the social context of that leadership.In this article, I explore how some of these characteristics should be demonstrated in contemporary Australia. An initial suggestion: a genuine political leader, in our times, must be able to guide people in correctly identifying the main causes of their social and economic circumstances – including the causes of their suffering. Read More …