Paul Keating

the big-picture leader

770 pages

English language

Published Oct. 25, 2016 by Scribe Publications.

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Drawing on extensive interviews with Keating, coupled with access to his personal files, this book tells the story of a political warrior's rise to power, from the outer suburbs of Sydney through Young Labor and into parliament at just 25 years of age, serving as a minister in the last days of the Whitlam government; his path-breaking term as treasurer in the 1980s; his four-year prime ministership from 1991 to 1996; and his passions and interests since. Bramston has interviewed around 75 people who know and worked with Keating closely, including parliamentary colleagues, advisers, party officials, union leaders, public servants, and journalists. This includes interviews with Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, John Howard, Doug Anthony, Bill Hayden, Andrew Peacock, Ian Sinclair, John Hewson, Alexander Downer, Peter Costello, Kim Beazley, Simon Crean, and Bob Carr.Bramston has secured access to the Labor Party's archives, and also documents key debates in once-secret …

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  • Politicians
  • Biography
  • Politics and government
  • Hommes politiques
  • Biographies
  • Politique et gouvernement
  • Australian Labor Party


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