Election Watch | Democratic convention live with Planet America

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29 July 2016


Giant Dwarf Studios


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The USSC teamed up with ABC News 24’s Planet America to celebrate the Democratic National Convention. The Chaser's Chas Licciardello and USSC Research Associate John Barron, along with a panel of experts, put the nominees under the microscope and provided analysis throughout this special event at the Giant Dwarf theatre in Sydney.


Bruce Wolpe Was a Democratic staffer in Congress during President Obama’s first term. He has been an adviser to several Democratic Party election campaigns, including the Clinton-Gore campaign of 1996. He is currently Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. 

Barbara Heineback Was a press officer to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter – the first African American woman to hold such a position. She is the founder of the marketing and communications firm, Talking Point. 

Ali Sutton was a staffer on president Obama’s primary campaign in 2007 and went on to work at the US Department of Health. She is currently a public policy consultant with the Centre for Policy Development. 

Brendon O'Connor Is an associate professor in American Politics at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Democratic Convention live with Planet America


  • Professor Brendon O'Connor
    Professor Brendon O'Connor
    Professor of US Politics and US Foreign Relations, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney)

    Brendon O'Connor is a Professor of US Politics and US Foreign Relations. He is jointly appointed between the United States Studies Centre and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (in the Discipline of Government and International Relations) at the University of Sydney. He is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy, and Australian-American relations.


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