Graham Freudenberg, Australia's greatest speechwriter, says the Australian Labor Party was built on speeches. This book brings together great Labor speeches that give voice to the party's enduring values and achievements, and place it and its principal figures at the centre of historic events. There are speeches that stir the imagination and inspire, or that appeal to humanity, speeches of sorrow and redemption, speeches that urge moderation and caution, that call for courage in the face of adversity, that seek to mute the trumpet sound of war, that attack the forces of conservatism, and which celebrate and mourn the party's fallen. Chris Watson articulates Labor's purpose as "a light upon a mountain" four decades before Ben Chifley's famed "light on the hill" speech; John Curtin tells a hushed parliament that "a great naval battle is proceeding"; Gough Whitlam declares "It's time" for a new Labor government; Bob Hawke urges South Africa's apartheid leaders to listen to "the spirit of men and women yearning to be free"; Paul Keating's belief in Labor as "the people who can dream the big dreams and do the big things"; while Kevin Rudd says "We are sorry" to the stolen generations of Aboriginal Australians.
Bewitched and Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years is a provocative analysis of Australian attitudes towards the nation's first female Prime Minister. A selection of Australia's most influential, entertaining and controversial female voices examine the country's reaction to Julia Gillard and debate the successes and failures of her prime ministership. Bewitched and Bedevilled investigates Gillard's position at the receiving end of a barrage of sexism and misogyny; questions why she was so vehemently attacked; and discusses the role this played in her ultimate undoing. Bewitched and Bedevilled also uncovers the impacts (reinvigorating, divisive, disturbing) of the Gillard years on feminism, on the Australian community and on our image abroad. Packed with wit, ire and incisive comment, this is a compelling anthology for all those who were intrigued or outraged during Julia Gillard's tenure as Prime Minister. Contributors include: Tanya Plibersek, Jane Caro, Eva Cox, Clementine Ford, Kathy Lette, Chloe Hooper, Helen Razer, Shakira Hussein, Emily Maguire, Tracey Spicer, Ruth Hessey, Catharine Lumby, Helen Pringle, Carol Johnson, Claire Harvey and speeches from Anne Summers and Julia Gillard.
From June 2010 to the September 2013 federal election, Australia went through its most remarkable, tumultuous, toxic and confrontational political era in modern history. They say history is written by the victors and this collection reminds us of what it takes to become one. From the very first days of the Gillard government to the carbon tax issue; and from the return of the ever-present Kevin Rudd to the machinations of the 2013 election campaign and its results, REMARKABLE TIMES is both a record of, and a guide to, a unique time in Australian politics. See what makes Tony Abbott tick, read about life inside the Rudd bunker and understand the realities of Labor s crippling loss of competence, purpose and direction they are all detailed here. Laurie Oakes is respected across the political spectrum as the most trusted and independent commentator in the country. This collection of his columns, all written with his unbeatable combination of perspective and access, gives an unbiased and authoritative account of the turbulent times since June 2010, and looks at what the results of the 2013 federal election mean for the victor and the vanquished.
The emails, the tweets, the apps, the text messages that flowed in and out of the seat of power. The rise, the fall, the stealth campaign, the revenge and the triumphant return of a man who - win or lose the 2013 election - has staged the greatest comeback since Daryl Somers. And we all know how that panned out. Hacked by keen federal political observer Jonathan Biggins, the iPhone of the messiah from Nambour reveals the inner secrets of the strangest phenomenon to hit Canberra since the invention of the roundabout.
In this lively and authoritative book, 21 historians, biographers and political analysts discuss and profile the men and women who have attained Australia's highest public office and the forces that shaped them. In doing so, Australian Prime Ministers obliquely considers the nature of Australian democratic and political power. Includes chapters on the removal of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, the 21 August election and the subsequent hung-parliament and final choice of today's prime minister.
Toby Ralph, described as one of the 'most powerful spinners and advisers in Australia', joined a UN team to assist with preparations for Afghanistan's 2009 presidential elections. Ballots, Bullets and Kabulshit offers a rare glimpse into the chaos and danger of attempting to deliver democracy in a war zone. With the wry humour of a seasoned politico (or someone trying to distract themselves from the very real dangers of their situation), Ralph provides snapshots of life in Kabul, a primer in the political shambles of a failing state, and the reflections of a non-combatant working in a war zone in a suit and tie. He is whisked between meetings in armoured cars, tries to avoid sitting on the AK-47 down the back of the couch at his lodgings, dines with colleagues in sandbagged candlelit restaurants, and attempts to convince the Electoral Commission chairman - and friend of President Hamid Karzai - that having an election is a good idea. That the poll ended in farce, with Karzai's reinstatement by default, means the UN will be sending another group of advisors when next an election is reluctantly called.
This anthology collects the texts that defined the concept of biopolitics that has become so significant throughout the humanities and social sciences today. The far-reaching influence of the biopolitical - the relation of politics to life, or the state to the body - is not surprising given its centrality to matters such as healthcare, abortion, immigration, and the global distribution of essential medicines and medical technologies. In his famous 1976 essay, Right of Death and Power over Life, Michel Foucault gave a new and unprecedented meaning to the term biopolitics. In this anthology, that touchstone piece is followed by essays in which biopolitics is implicitly anticipated as a problem by Hannah Arendt and later altered, critiqued, deconstructed, and refined by major political and social theorists who explicitly engaged with Foucault's ideas. By focusing on the concept of biopolitics, rather than applying it to specific events and phenomena, this reader provides an enduring framework for assessing the central problematics of modern political thought. Contributors: Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, Alain Badiou, Timothy Campbell, Gilles Deleuze, Roberto Esposito, Michel Foucault, Donna Haraway, Michael Hardt, Achille Mbembe, Warren Montag, Antonio Negri, Jacques Ranciere, Adam Sitze, Peter Sloterdijk, Paolo Virno, and, Slavoj eiuek.
In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives. The range of Freedman's narrative is extraordinary, moving from the surprisingly advanced strategy practiced in primate groups, to the opposing strategies of Achilles and Odysseus in The Iliad, the strategic advice of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli, the great military innovations of Baron Henri de Jomini and Carl von Clausewitz, the grounding of revolutionary strategy in class struggles by Marx, the insights into corporate strategy found in Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan, and the contributions of the leading social scientists working on strategy today. The core issue at the heart of strategy, the author notes, is whether it is possible to manipulate and shape our environment rather than simply become the victim of forces beyond one's control. Time and again, Freedman demonstrates that the inherent unpredictability of this environment-subject to chance events, the efforts of opponents, the missteps of friends-provides strategy with its challenge and its drama. Armies or corporations or nations rarely move from one predictable state of affairs to another, but instead feel their way through a series of states, each one not quite what was anticipated, requiring a reappraisal of the original strategy, including its ultimate objective. Thus the picture of strategy that emerges in this book is one that is fluid and flexible, governed by the starting point, not the end point. A brilliant overview of the most prominent strategic theories in history, from David's use of deception against Goliath, to the modern use of game theory in economics, this masterful volume sums up a lifetime of reflection on strategy.