What's next for the conservative side of politics? Where are new battlelines to be drawn? Current opposition Leader Tony Abbott offers a frank analysis of the way forward for the Liberal Party from 2009 when he was Federal Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Here he draws lessons from the dying days of the Howard Government, and gives his views on his contemporaries, including Kevin Rudd, Peter Costello, Julia Gillard and Malcolm Turnbull. In Battlelines, Abbott looks at the values and instincts that drive the Liberal Party and proposes policy that the party should adopt. This is the often humorous story of his own political development. He describes the truth about politicians' lives; his 'days from hell'; insider moments from the halls of power; and how a would-be priest believed he had fathered an unknown son. Battlelines outlines a state of play for the Liberal Party, cementing Tony Abbott's reputation as one of the Liberal Party's most interesting thinkers and fearless advocates.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 153 x 234 x 16mm | 310g
- 01 May 2010
- Melbourne University Press
- Carlton, Australia
About Tony Abbott
Since 1994 Tony Abbott has been the Member for Warringah, New South Wales, in the House of Representatives. He has written two books in defence of Australia's existing constitutional system, The Minimal Monarchy and How to Win the Constitutional War.
"This is a genuine attempt to reassess Liberalism in contemporary Australia from the point of view of a vigorous, genuine social conservative who demonstrates an understanding of politics as a contest of ideas, not just of wills and sound bites." —Age