The Whitlam Legacy

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Troy Bramston
Federation Press, 2013 - Australia - 518 pages
Cover image: Gough Whitlam addresses a crowd outside Parliament House on the day after his government was dismissed, on 12 November 1975. Source: News Limited © Ross Duncan.The election of the Whitlam government in 1972 marked a turning point in 20th century Australia. Shaking off the vestiges of two decades of conservative rule, Gough Whitlam brought new ideas, new policies and new people to the task of governing.Bursting with energy and expectation, the Labor government led a reform revolution in many areas, from education and health to the environment and foreign policy. But alongside the great achievements were great failures and, ultimately, great tragedy when the government was dismissed.For the first time, Gough Whitlam, ministers, advisers, public servants, party and union insiders provide a unique account of this turbulent period in Australian politics. They reveal what worked and what didn't, and shed light on the personalities driving the engines of change.The candid views of insiders are balanced with analysis from journalists and academics. The book also includes new research and previously unpublished photos and archival documents. The Whitlam Legacy provides the definitive account of the government that changed Australia forever. * Click here for information about The Whitlam Legacy 2015 PAPERBACK ______________________________________________________"This book really is a great work of scholarship. It is a primer for anyone interested in politics or interested in carving out a career in politics. To get these people to write about the Whitlam government is a real tribute to Troy Bramston. From now on, nobody will be able to write about the Whitlam government without consulting The Whitlam Legacy." Bob Carr__________________________________________________The Whitlam Legacy in the Paper...Kerr's word play masked his reasons behind Whitlam's dismissal Read full article...Parting words for the party Gough loves Read full article...Gough Whitlam duumvirate's whirlwind of change Read full article...Gough changed us and saved ALP Read full article...Labor must heed Whitlam and not waste this chance to reform Read full article...Whitlam's legacy resonates today-Shorten Read full article...Gough Whitlam 'a stroke of luck' for the lucky country Read full article...Abandon doubt Read full article...Gough in stereo Read full article...The Whitlam Legacy Launch on TV...Channel 7 News Watch report...Channel 9 News Watch report...The Whitlam Legacy (Troy Bramston/Contributors) on Radio...Troy Bramston on Radio National with Fran Kelly Listen to full interview...Troy Bramston on Radio National with Fran Kelly Watch interview...Troy Bramston on 2UE with Paul Murray Listen to full interview...Bob Carr on 4BC with Ian Skippen and Donna Lynch Listen to full interview...The Whitlam Legacy Alerts...Abbey's Bookshop: The Whitlam Legacy tops bestseller, Non-Fiction list of the week Click to view... Frank Bongiorno's chapter online, Inside Story: Whitlam, the 1960s and The Program Click to read...

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About the author (2013)

Troy Bramston is a columnist with The Australian newspaper and a contributor to Sky News.

He has worked as a policy and political adviser in government, opposition and the private sector. He is a former principal speechwriter for Kevin Rudd and an adviser to the Rudd government.

Troy is the author of Looking for the Light on the Hill: Modern Labor's Challenges (Scribe, 2011). Widely praised, The Courier-Mail said, ‚ ~Troy Bramston‚ (TM)s book is a stand-out. His elegant prose and bold criticisms make it hard to put down‚ (TM).

He is co-editor of The Hawke Government: A Critical Retrospective (Pluto Press, 2003), editor of The Wran Era (The Federation Press, 2006) and editor of For the True Believers: Great Labor Speeches That Shaped History (The Federation Press, 2012) which was described by The Australian as ‚ ~a compulsory reference for anyone interested in Australian politics‚ (TM).

Troy lives in Sydney with his partner, Nicky, and two children, Madison and Angus. He is currently writing a book about Paul Keating.

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