The Insider's Guide to Power in Australia

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Random House Australia, 2007 - Australia - 207 pages
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Jack the Insider is a highly placed, dedicated servant of the nation with close ties to leading figures in politics, business and the union movement. Jack also maintains regular contact with his mates in the media and the military-industrial complex, but has little time for the wowsers, do-gooders and no-hopers who infest our parliaments these days. Jack has been present at crucial moments in world history, ready to grapple with huge events and give them a gentle nudge. On 11 November 1975, it was Jack who handed Gough the loudhailer. When Malcolm Fraser lost his strides in Memphis, Jack lent him a spare pair. The 1984 Fine Cotton Ring-in? Jack was there too. His real identity must remain unknown for obvious reasons. THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO POWER IN AUSTRALIA is Jack's 'access all areas' account of the dark recesses of power in our country, offering a unique insight into how Australia really works. As told to Richard Fidler and Peter Hoysted. A couple of sheilas did the typing. 'The best thing I've read on Australia in years but I was very, very drunk at the time.' Sir Henry Parkes 'I laughed. I cried. I came. I went.' Billy Snedden 'Has anyone got a towel?' Harold Holt 'The most fun you can have with your trousers on.' Malcolm Fraser 'At last, a book that challenges pre-Copernican obscurantism.' Paul Keating 'My wife tells me I didn't like it one little bit.' John Howard 'Not nearly enough in here about China.' Kevin Rudd 'Great holiday reading.' Tony Mokbel 'It's not Frederick Forsyth but it'll do, I suppose.' Alan Jones 'The best book I've ever read.' Don Bradman 'The first book I've ever read.' Shane Warne

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About the author (2007)

Richard Fidler is an Australian radio presenter, musician and writer, born on November 11, 1964. He is a former member of the Australian comedy group, Doug Anthony All Stars (1980s-1994). He was a television presenter for Race Around the World and several other shows. In politics, he was a member of the National Committee of the Australian Republican Movement and served as chair of the Constitutional Issues Committee (2001-2007). In 2005 he became host of the 7-10pm shift of 612 ABC Brisbane. Later he moved to the 11am-3pm shift to an interview program Conversations. His first book is entitled Ghost Empire.

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