Chris Bowen is one of Labors most experienced parliamentarians. He entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios, including being Treasurer, Shadow Treasurer, Minister for Immigration and Minister for Tertiary Education. He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party in 2013 and is currently Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy. He has degrees in economics, international relations and the Indonesian language. He is the author of three previous books: Hearts and Minds (2013), The Money Men (2015) and On Charlatans (2021). He lives in Smithfield in Western Sydney with his wife Rebecca, their children Grace and Max and two very cheeky Labradors Ollie and Toby.
Many have shaped the Labor Party and through it Australia. Chris Bowen has shone a long-overdue light on six of Labor's finest from the past. They deserve his generous and insightful reflections. -- Former Senator John Faulkner