The Godfather: The Life of Brian Burke

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Allen & Unwin, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 294 pages
Once touted as a future prime minister of Australia, former Western Australia premier Brian Burke has had an extraordinary political career. This is the first major biography of this charismatic and influential politician who even when out of power and disgraced pulls the political strings in WA and beyond. As premier, Burke was one of the key players behind the mineral boom that became the infamous WA Inc in the 1980s. After a high profile inquiry, he was jailed for corruption in 1994 for and then again in 1997. Most men would have sought a quiet life after losing their reputation, but Burke took advantage of his connections to become a ruthless behind-the-scenes powerbroker in WA politics, business, and unions. With his capacity to deliver fundraising largesse to the Labor Party, his control over pre-selections, and a cadre of mafia-like devoted supporters, Burke is truly the godfather of WA politics."

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Quentin Beresford is Associate Professor of Politics at Edith Cowan University and author of the award-winning biography Rob Riley: An Aboriginal leader'quest for justice.

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