The Fog on the Hill: How NSW Labor Lost Its Way

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 2011 - History - 373 pages

An honest appraisal of the systemic and specific failings of 16 years of successive Labor Party governments, this account provides a valuable insight into the changing political landscape in Australia. Based on well-articulated case studies showing how key issues have been mismanaged illustrating the main actors, their mindsets, and the genesis of some of the New South Wale government═s major mishaps this scathing critique from a former insider offers clear-sighted analysis and powerful suggestions for the future.ŠThis book is essential reading for political aspirants, public servants and all students of political science; it will fascinate all those who value democracy.

 

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Contents

The road to state politics
1
The quaint notion of good government
19
How the unions the party machine and the Caucus lost the plot
35
The temporary premiers
59
Treasurys waiting room
95
Politics and political interference in the harbour foreshores
115
Deciding developments in the public interest
139
Political donations or political poison
162
The Transaction and its many consequences
235
High electricity prices and the Solar Bonus Scheme
256
The Greening of New South Wales an advantage lost
273
Never let the truth get in the way ofa good story
295
Why NSW Labor lost so badly?
319
The need for real reform
335
Acknowledgements
355
Notes
357

Making sense of the planning jungle
190
Transportour greatest challenge unmet
213

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About the author (2011)

Frank Sartor was a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Australian Labor Party between 2003 and 2011, and held various senior ministries including Climate Change and the Environment, Planning, and Energy and Utilities. Before being elected to the New South Wales Parliament, Sartor was the longest serving Lord Mayor of Sydney, having held the post from 1991 to 2003. He was mayor from the early days of the Sydney Olympic bid right through and beyond the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Both as a state Minister and as Lord Mayor Sartor was a reknown reformer. He retired from politics at the 2011 state election.

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