Dark Victory: How a Government Lied Its Way to Political Triumph

Dark Victory: How a Government Lied Its Way to Political Triumph


By (author) David Marr, By (author) Marian Wilkinson

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 193mm x 36mm | 450g
  • Publication date: 28 August 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1741144477
  • ISBN 13: 9781741144475
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Sales rank: 121,544

Product description

Dark Victory is not only a fascinating description of past events: between the lines there are dark portents of repercussions yet to come.' John Button, The Age Marr and Wilkinson have pulled together the whole confronting tale of how through iron will, subterfuge, disregard for conventions of a civilised seafaring nation, the misuse of secret intelligence and the use of military force against the helpless, the federal government closed its borders in the quest for votes Through forensic research, the authors have managed to build a story that both thrills and appals.' Tony Wright, The Bulletin They put lives at risk. They twisted the law. They drew the military into the heart of an election campaign. They muzzled the press. They misused intelligence services, defied the United Nations, antagonised Indonesia and bribed poverty stricken Pacific States. They closed Australia to refugees - and won a mighty election victory. David Marr and Marian Wilkinson, two of the country's most accomplished investigative journalists, burrow deep into the ways of the Howard government. They reveal the secret history of the campaign against boat people that began with the Tampa and ended ten extraordinary weeks later with the Australian people giving John Howard his third, most daring election victory. Dark Victory is a thrilling and provocative account of events that shattered many of the myths Australia had about itself and changed profoundly how Australia is seen in the eyes of the world. It is also a potent reminder of the fleeting nature of truth in politics.

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Author information

David Marr is an investigative journalist in Australia and the author of "Barwick, Patrick White: A Life," and "Vietnam 1945."""Marian Wilkinson is an investigative journalist and the author of "The Fixer."

Table of contents

1. Full up: August 23 to 262. Sea rescue: August 263. Australia v. the boat people4. Canberra scrambles: August 275. Pan Pan: August 286. Boarding party: August 297. Labor cornered: to August 318. Pacific Solution: August 30 & 319. The rule of law: August 29 to September 310. The thick grey line: September 3 to 1011. The shadow of the Twin Towers: September 11 to 1912. The voyage of the Manoora: September 3 to October 813. Launching the campaign: to October 814. Orders from the top: October 6 to 915. Truth overboard: October 9 to 1216. A military campaign: October 14 to 2317. The boat that sank: October 17 to 2818. The worst of times: October 23 to November 419. The navy leaks: November 4 to 820. The burning issue: November 8 & 921. Victory party: November 10AftermathNotesGlossary and abbreviationsAcknowledgementsIndex