The Latham Diaries

The Latham Diaries

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Here are the political diaries of one of Australia's most promising national leaders-published within twelve months of his resignation from office-an historic first. "The Latham Diaries" are searingly honest bulletins from the front line of Labor politics. They provide a unique view into the life of a man, the Party and the nation at a crucial time in Australian history. Mark Latham resigned from parliament in January 2005, after only fourteen months as Leader of the Opposition, amid bitter post-election recrimination and his own ill health. From the beginning of his career he was viewed by many observers as the ALP's resident intellectual and larrikin, the great hope of a new generation with the drive and talent to become prime minister. So why did his career end so abruptly? This is a riveting chronicle of life inside politics: the backroom deals, the frontroom conniving, the bitter defeat of idealism and the triumph of opportunism. "The Latham Diaries" is not just the story of the Labor Party in the last years of the twentieth century and the early twenty-first century, but a sobering account of the state of Australian democracy 100 years after Federation.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 36mm | 821.02g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 0522852157
  • 9780522852158
  • 752,726

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"August 1996: 'Opposition politics feels like dog shit on the boot of democracy.' April 1998: 'I'm a sheep man in cattle country.' December 2003: 'I'm not opposed to unionism per se, just the idea of six union secretaries sitting around a Chinese restaurant table planning the future for everyone else.' May 2005: 'It is not unusual for people who try to change the system to leave public life with feelings of betrayal and disappointment. This was certainly my experience as Labor Leader. My commitment to the Labor cause was destroyed by the bastardry of others.'"show more

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