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As good as it gets in Australian politics. That's how the Hawke-Keating Government is now widely regarded. But how did this highly able, ambitious, strong-willed group work through its crises and rivalries, and achieve what it did?

Gareth Evans's diary, written in the mid-1980s and published now for the first time, is the consummate insider's account. It not only adds much new material to the historical record, but is perceptive, sharp and unvarnished in its judgments, lucidly written, and often highly entertaining.

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  • Paperback

    9780522872750

    September 1, 2014

    Melbourne University Press

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9780522866438

    September 1, 2014

    Melbourne University Press Digital

    420 pages

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