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For the Common Good: Reflections on Australia's Future

For the Common Good: Reflections on Australia's Future

Bill Shorten

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If you want to understand the next Prime Minister of Australia, For the Common Good is essential reading.

In For the Common Good, Bill Shorten reflects on the values and beliefs that led him to devote himself to the labour movement and stand for the nation's highest office. He looks back on the emphasis on education and social justice in his childhood in suburban Melbourne, and his many years spent empowering tens of thousands of Australians in workplaces across our continent.

Shorten examines the rapid pace of change in our modern world and offers a way forward that enables all Australians to adapt, seize new opportunities and preserve the Australian way—a prosperous society unshakeably committed to fairness. He argues that the key to unlocking a new century of national progress is in building a renewed common good between workers, businesses, governments and the community, from our cities to the regions.

In this thoughtful narrative, Bill Shorten provides a unique insight into how a Labor government will shape Australia's future for the better, for all Australians.
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The Trust Deficit

The Trust Deficit

Sam Crosby

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Trust is the most powerful weapon in the political arsenal. It can pierce an opponent's armour or deflect the most ferocious attack. It is the means through which difficult policies can be explained, a well of goodwill on which politicians can draw in their darkest hours. Yet despite its great value we are resigned to the idea that trust in politics will continue to decline. Drawing on contemporary political stories and examples, The Trust Deficit shows us how faith in our politicians has been eroded but how it can be rebuilt. By breaking trust down to its elements-reliability and competence, openness and honesty-we see how recent leaders established trust and used it to their political advantage.
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How to Run A Government: So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy

How to Run A Government: So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don't Go Crazy

Michael Barber

$26.99

Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Why is this? And what can we do about it? In this groundbreaking book Michael Barber draws on his wealth of international experience advising political leaders, to show how those in power can make good on their promises.
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The Libertarian Alternative: How Freedom and Markets Can Rejuvenate Australia

The Libertarian Alternative: How Freedom and Markets Can Rejuvenate Australia

Chris Berg

$32.99

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Libertarianism-the philosophy of government that pairs free market economics with social liberalism- presents a vigorous challenge and viable political alternative to the old LeftuRight partisan shouting match. Libertarianism offers surprising new solutions to stagnant policy debates over issues such as immigration and civil rights, and provides a framework for tackling contemporary problems like privacy, the environment and technological change. In The Libertarian Alternative, Chris Berg offers a new agenda for restoring individual liberty in Australia, revitalising politics and strengthening our sagging economy.
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The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies

The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies

Ryszard Legutko

$34.99

Ryszard Legutko lived and suffered under communism for decades--and he fought with the Polish ant-communist movement to abolish it. Having lived for two decades under a liberal democracy, however, he has discovered that these two political systems have a lot more in common than one might think. They both stem from the same historical roots in early modernity, and accept similar presuppositions about history, society, religion, politics, culture, and human nature. In The Demon in Democracy, Legutko explores the shared objectives between these two political systems, and explains how liberal democracy has over time lurched towards the same goals as communism, albeit without Soviet style brutalality. Both systems, says Legutko, reduce human nature to that of the common man, who is led to believe himself liberated from the obligations of the past. Both the communist man and the liberal democratic man refuse to admit that there exists anything of value outside the political systems to which they pledged their loyalty. And both systems refuse to undertake any critical examination of their ideological prejudices.
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This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century

This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century

Mark Engler ,  Paul Engler

$39.99

There is a craft to uprising - and this craft can change the world.

From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. When mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media consistently portrays them as being spontaneous and unpredictable. Yet, in this book, Mark and Paul Engler look at the hidden art behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.

With incisive insights from contemporary activists, as well as fresh revelations about the work of groundbreaking figures such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, and Frances Fox Piven, the Englers show how people with few resources and little conventional influence are engineering the upheavals that are reshaping contemporary politics.
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