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How Good is Scott Morrison?

Peter van Onselen Wayne Errington



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Hachette Australia
14 April 2021
Without fear or favour, How Good is Scott Morrison? examines the trials and tribulations of our 30th prime minister. Investigating Morrison's unlikely rise to the liberal leadership and his miracle electoral win, van Onselen and Errington put his leadership under the spotlight.

Covering Morrison's disastrous management of the catastrophic bushfire season that was highlighted by the extraordinary statement, 'I don't hold the hose, mate,' and the decision to holiday while the country burned, How Good is Scott Morrison? shows his resolve and the redemption the government's response to the pandemic brought him.

Right now, Scott Morrison seems unassailable and sure to win the next election, but what exactly is his vision for Australia? A pragmatist rather than an ideologue, he is a deeply Pentecostal religious man but he doesn't wear his faith as a badge of honour. So what does he really believe in?

When the history of this period is written, Morrison will certainly be seen as an election winner but will he be viewed as having had the courage and vision to change Australia for the better, or the worse?

'This book rips away the PR curtain to look at the real sins and virtues of our 30th prime minister.' - LAURIE OAKES 'Scott Morrison is very good at doing not much and yet winning the politics. Errington and van Onselen have produced a forensic examination of a - so far - flawed leadership.' - BARRIE CASSIDY
By:   Peter van Onselen, Wayne Errington
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9780733645747
ISBN 10:   0733645747
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   14 April 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter van Onselen (Author) Peter van Onselen is an Australian political academic, author and political journalist and commentator. He is Network Ten's political editor, a regular presenter and co-host on The Project and The Sunday Project with Lisa Wilkinson and contributing editor at The Australian newspaper. Between 2010 and 2017, he hosted daily programs at Sky News Australia. Van Onselen has a weekly segment on Radio National Breakfast and appears regularly on The Drum and Insiders. He has published John Winston Howard: The Biography (with Wayne Errington, 2007) (Melbourne University Press, Howard's End: The Unravelling of a Government (with Philip Senior, 2008) (Melbourne University Press), Liberals and Power: The Road Ahead (Editor, 2008) (Melbourne University Press), Professionals or Part-timers? Major Party Senators in Australia (2015) (Melbourne University Press), Battleground: Why the Liberal Party Shirtfronted Tony Abbott (with Wayne Errington, 2015) (Melbourne University Press) Wayne Errington (Author) Assoc Professor Wayne Errington (Adelaide University) is the author, with Peter van Onselen, of the bestselling John Winston Howard: The Definitive Biography. Wayne has also published feature articles and opinion pieces in all the major national newspapers.

Reviews for How Good is Scott Morrison?

[...] examines the trials and tribulations of Scott Morrison's unlikely rise to the Liberal leadership and miracle electoral win. -- Jess Malcolm * NATIONAL [PRINT], Weekend Australian [AUDIENCE: 219,242, ASR: AUD 16,141] * How Good Is Scott Morrison? is a brightly written account that reveals how the pandemic challenged and changed a government whose members had long ago fallen prey to the banalities and trivialities of pre-pandemic politics. -- Frank Bongiorno * ACT [PRINT], Canberra Times, [AUDIENCE: 14,068, ASR: AUD 10,222] * Their book is engaging, absorbing and often very funny [...] * ACT [PRINT], Canberra Times, [AUDIENCE: 219,242, ASR: AUD 133,503] * How Good is Scott Morrison? could usefully form the basis for a full biography. -- Christine Wallace * VIC + NSW [PRINT] Sydney Morning Herald + The Saturday Age, [AUDIENCE: 386,260, ASR: AUD 61,150] *

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