The controversial legacy of the Rudd-Gillard governments, along with Labor's 2013 election defeat, looms large over the party. Labor risks years in the political wilderness unless it can reinvent itself. What did it get right, where did it go worng, and how can it regain the trust of voters?
Troy Bramston uses new in-depth interviews with Kevin Rudd and Bill Shorten, the advice of Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, and insights from Julia Gillard's inner circle to look at Labor in power and its pathway back to government. With previously unpublished documents and revealing observations, Rudd, Gillard and Beyond is the first book to provide a post-mortem and a roadmap for vital reform.
'Troy Bramston has become the chief chronicler of the Australian Labor Party, an authority on its bloody past and oracle of its uncertain future. Rudd, Gillard and Beyond is Bramston's sixth book on this grand old party and it cements his place as one of our most insightful political historians.' Richard Ferguson, The Australian
'A short but powerful read highlighting the faults of the previous Labor Federal Government and the wider problems that currently plague the party.' Matt Pengilley, Good Reads
'This is a very good book, a very good book, and Troy Bramston has some very good gets in it.' Paul Kelly, Sky News
'Rudd, Gillard and Beyond is compulsory reading for anyone who has an interest in Australian politics.' Graham Richardson, Sky News