The world was stunned when Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States in November 2016. Trump is one of the most unexpected and unconventional presidents in recent US history and the opening days of his administration have been marked by unprecedented controversy and uncertainty. The University of Tasmania convened a panel of experts to discuss the first 100 days of the Trump Administration and its likely impact on US politics, the economy and foreign policy as well as the broader issues of democracy and women in leadership.


  • Natasha Stott Despoja AM, former Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, former leader of the Australian Democrats, Chair of Our Watch
  • Brendon O’Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics at the US Studies Centre, University of Sydney
  • Saul Eslake, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania and independent economist
  • Matt Killingsworth, Head of Politics and International Relations, University of Tasmania

Chaired by Richard Eccleston, Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania.