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Labor People

The Stories of Six True Believers

Chris Bowen



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Monash University Publishing
01 August 2021
How much do you know about the history of Australia's oldest political party, the Australian Labor Party? You know the big names: Curtin, Chifley, Whitlam, Hawke and Keating. But what about the names behind the big names? The unsung and overlooked True Believers who have been the backbone of the Labor Party for 130 years?

In Labor People, Chris Bowen investigates the stories of six great Australians, passionate servants of their party. Spanning the 1890s to the 1970s, in paying tribute to these Labor warriors he also tells an important part of the history of Labor and Australia.

Who was the first loyal deputy and lynchpin of the earliest Labor governments? Which leading advocate of votes for women went on to play an important but unrecognised role in Australia's literary history? Who did Labor turn to in its darkest First World War hours when its very existence was under threat? Who did Curtin and Chifley turn to for their hardest jobs? Which Labor loyalist called her own party out on police brutality when it wasn't fashionable? Which minister was Whitlam's steadiest performer? The answers to all these questions and more lie in the pages of Labor People.
 labor people the stories of six true believers by chris bowen

By:   Chris Bowen
Imprint:   Monash University Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781922464729
ISBN 10:   1922464724
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   01 August 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Labor People: The Stories of Six True Believers

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

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