Review – The Stalking of Julia Gillard

By Matthew Horan  @mattyhoran July 9 2013 With the blood still fresh on the walls of the caucus room, Kerry-Anne Walsh’s The Stalking of Julia Gillard is a victim of excellent – or poor – timing. Excellent because the public is looking for an insight into what went wrong with the nation’s first female PM in her disastrous three-year interregnum. Disastrous because the book is just as quickly out of date as soon as it arrives on shelves. Such is the nature of political reportage. However those looking for a definitive history of the Gillard years will need to wait a bit longer. Walsh’s book is not this. It’s a cry […]

A permanent Labor-Greens alliance: A radical idea to save Labor

By Scott Williams 26 June 2013 Review of Why Labor should savour its Greens (Scribe, 2013) I have never been a student of politics or economics. My interest in politics has usually revolved around shouting at Q&A and making attempts at humorous troll baiting on the Twitter #auspol hashtag. Most of my reading is of the sci-fi and fantasy fiction type. I’m just a voter trying to make sense of the mess that politics seems to be today. So imagine my surprise when I found myself volunteering to do a book review on a politically oriented piece of non-fiction. The preface starts by summarising the author’s personal experiences and general […]