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  • Published: 30 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781743485163
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 200

Rudd, Gillard and Beyond: Penguin Special




With previously unpublished documents and revealing observations, Rudd, Gillard and Beyond is the first book to provide a post-mortem and a roadmap for vital reform.

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 With previously unpublished documents and revealing observations, Rudd, Gillard and Beyond is the first book to provide a post-mortem and a roadmap for vital reform.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

  • Pub date: 30 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781743485163
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 200

About the Author

Troy Bramston

Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011. He was previously a columnist with The Sunday Telegraph.

Troy is the author or editor of nine books, including Paul Keating: the big-picture leader (2016), and, co-authored with Paul Kelly, The Dismissal: in the Queen’s Name (2015).

He was the co-winner of the Australian Book Industry Award for The Dismissal. His biography of Paul Keating was a finalist for the Walkley Award, shortlisted for the National Biography Award, and longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Award. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.

Troy has worked as a policy and political adviser, and speechwriter in government, opposition, and the private sector. He lives in Sydney with his wife, Nicky, and two children, Madison and Angus.

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