Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era; Quarterly Essay 40 (Paperback)

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Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era; Quarterly Essay 40 (Paperback)

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This is book number 40 in the Quarterly Essay series.

In Trivial Pursuit George Megalogenis considers Australia's political dead zone.

The Hawke, Keating and early Howard years were ones of bold reform; recently we have seen an era of power without purpose. But why? Is it down to powerful lobbies, or the media, or a failure of leadership, or all of the above? And whatever the case, how will hard decisions be taken for the future? Megalogenis dissects the cycle of polls, focus groups and presidential politics and what it has done to the prospect of serious, difficult reform. He argues that politics-as-usual has become a self-defeating game and mounts a persuasive case for a different style of leadership. From now on, he argues, it is the key divisions between young and old, and north and south, that will shape the nation's future. But can a hung parliament and a pragmatic Labor leader rise to the challenge?

"Rudd, Gillard and Abbott sought power in 2010 on the same dangerous premise, that no sacrifi ce is required to secure our future. Government on this basis is never worth it because the promise of painless change can never be kept. The voters knew it, which is why they spared themselves the inevitable let-down by hanging the parliament." -George Megalogenis, Trivial Pursuit

Product Details ISBN: 9781863954983
ISBN-10: 1863954988
Publisher: Quarterly Essay
Publication Date: November 1st, 2010
Pages: 134
Language: English
Series: Quarterly Essay