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The Party Thieves: The Real Story of the…

The Party Thieves: The Real Story of the 2010 Election

by Barrie Cassidy

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For anyone with even the most remote interest in politics. Describes some of the most dramatic events in Australian political history for a long time.

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  jll1976 | Mar 25, 2012 |
A fascinating, readable and sometimes amusing exposé of the rise and fall of the Labor Party in Australia, the reasons behind the sacking of Kevin Rudd, the rise of Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard and the run-up to the 2010 election.

There are some very interesting insights into Kevin Rudd's personality and his obsessional manipulation of the Media with the rather funny highlights of Mark Latham's short career as a TV journalist.

It describes the problems which Gillard had in becoming "the real Julia" despite her minders who were intent on making her a cardboard cut-out, and the surprising metamorphous of Tony Abbott as the election campaign progressed to its climax on election night.

Anyone who is interested in Australian politics should read this book; it is an eye-opener into how things should not be done, and how the Australian voters actually "got it right" when faced with choices which they did not like. ( )
  pinkozcat | Dec 22, 2010 |
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When Mark Latham trashed the Labor Party vote at the 2004 federal election, and then imploded afterwards, Kevin Rudd saw his first real opportunity to lead.
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Barrie Cassidy picked a hell of an election to cover: changes of leaders on both sides of politics, Australia's first woman Prime Minister, a hung parliament and a country not knowing who its Prime Minister was for nearly three weeks. But in the beginning were the Party Thieves, Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd. Turnbull's manic desire to get his own way in the party, and because he simply stopped listening, led to his demise. Rudd stole the party through his authoritarian approach to government and a cabinet that felt alienated from the job of governing. In both cases, the members of their respective parties came at the Party Thieves to reclaim what was rightfully theirs, and set the stage for the ascension of Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard. And all that, before we even get to the 2010 election campaign. The Party Thieves is more than just a campaign diary of the extraordinary 2010 election and its aftermath; it is a rip-roaring, incisive analysis of a tumultuous nine months in politics that even surprised veteran journalists such as Cassidy.
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The Party Thieves is more than just a campaign diary of the 2010 election; it is an analysis of a tumultuous eight months in politics, and the impact on the party and the population.

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