A unique volume of speeches and occasional pieces written entirely by former Prime Minister Paul Keating.
Books of speeches are rarely published as a compendium of work by one person. After Words is unique in Australian publishing by virtue of its scale and range of subjects, and that all the speeches are the work of one eye and one mind: former Prime Minister Paul Keating.
Each speech has been conceptualised, contextualised and crafted by Paul Keating. Subject to subject, idea to idea, the speeches are related in a wider construct, which is the way Paul Keating has viewed and thought about the world.
The speeches reveal the breadth and depth of his interests - be they cultural, historical, or policy-focused - dealing with subjects as broad as international relations, economic policy and politics. Individual chapters range from a discussion of Jorn Utzon's Opera House through to the redesign of Berlin, the history of native title, the challenge of Asia, the role of the monarchy, to the shape of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, and more.
After Words contains an analytic commentary on Australia's recent social and economic repositioning, in the minds of many, by its principal architect. The speeches, more often than not, go beyond observations, as Paul Keating sketches out new vistas and points to new directions. For those interested in matters that go to the future of Australia and the world, After Words presents, unmediated, a panoply of issues which the policy mind and writing style of Paul Keating has sculpted into a recognisable landscape.
About the Author
Paul Keating was elected to the Australian Federal Parliament in 1969. He was appointed Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia upon the election of the Hawke Labor Government in 1983. During the eight-and-a-half years of his Treasurership, he presided over the dismantling of the protectionist economic framework that had existed for a century. Opting for an open, competitive economic model, his reforms have since underpinned twenty consecutive years of low inflationary economic growth in Australia.
He became Prime Minister in December 1991, and led the Australian Labor Party to an historic fifth term of government in March 1993. As Prime Minister until 1996, he championed a clutch of seminal changes. These included the reorientation of Australia's strategic and trade relationships with Asia, laying down a framework for Australia's shift to a republic and the development of a major legal structure to return lands - for the first time - to Australia's indigenous people.
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This is a book I had to own. I come back to it to read different speeches again and again. Each time I get a new understanding of something or am provoked or inspired to think more deeply about a certain issue or character quality.
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I'd like to see more books on Australian politics past and present
With his famous turn of phrase, his rapier wit, economic acumen and prescience, Paul Keating has always been able to see the Big Picture.
After Words is Paul Keating's post-prime ministerial speeches put together in one handsome collectable hardback publication for the first time. With more than 200,000 words, across several sections, Keating looks back on landmark engagements in context. Here you will find thirteen years of talking on every subject under the sun - from John Howard and sworn enemies, to architecture, friendship and privacy, art, history, music, politics, economics, native title, Australia's role in Asia, international relations and financial systems, neoclassicism and his continuing commitment to a better Australia.
This is a truly remarkable record of the thoughts of a great man and his singular vision. For the curious of mind and for the legion of Keating fans, this is as close to an autobiography from the most quotable prime minister as we are ever going to get. This one is on my shopping list.
|Publisher's Note||p. xii|
|History, Culture and Social Policy|
|Building a Masterpiece: The Sydney Opera House||p. 3|
|A Time for Reflection: Political Values in the Age of Distraction||p. 10|
|Film and Art in the Australia of Nationalism and Cynicism||p. 23|
|New Urban Domains: Potsdamer Platz||p. 29|
|The Launch of The History Wars||p. 39|
|The Launch of The Longest Decade||p. 44|
|Balmoral: Meeting with Her Majesty, the Queen||p. 53|
|The Decade of Moral Erosion: The Stocktake||p. 58|
|The Launch of Churchill and Australia||p. 65|
|The Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration||p. 75|
|Eulogy on the Death of Bill Bradshaw||p. 101|
|Australian Labor Party Gala Federation Dinner||p. 109|
|The Centenary of Federation: Beyond the Celebrations||p. 113|
|For the New Australia||p. 133|
|Obsession: Australia and the Challenge of Asia||p. 157|
|Introduction to Mahler's Symphony No. 2||p. 181|
|The Launch of æIn Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right'||p. 184|
|The Labor Government, 1983-96||p. 192|
|The Compact City: Urban Design and Architecture||p. 213|
|Bankstown City: Silver Jubilee||p. 223|
|ALP Life Membership Acceptance Speech||p. 230|
|Eulogy on the Death of Geoffrey Tozer||p. 243|
|The Privacy Imperative in the Information Age 'free-for-all'||p. 256|
|International Relations and Foreign Policy|
|Peace and Prosperity: The Spiritual Challenge||p. 281|
|Australia and Asia: The New Order after the Financial Crisis||p. 295|
|Leadership and Change||p. 307|
|APEC: Australia's Biggest Seat at its Biggest Table||p. 312|
|The Death of President Soeharto||p. 323|
|John Curtin's World and Ours||p. 330|
|China and its Challenges||p. 346|
|A Prospect of Europe||p. 356|
|Eliminating Nuclear Weapons: A Survival Guide for the Twenty-first Century||p. 376|
|Obsession Revisited||p. 393|
|Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration||p. 407|
|Australia and Asia||p. 417|
|Notes on the State of the World||p. 427|
|The Perilous Moment: Indonesia, Australia and the Asian Crisis||p. 435|
|Leadership, Asia and the Digital Economy||p. 458|
|Implications for the Strategic Architecture of the Asian Hemisphere||p. 467|
|China and the Challenge of Asian Regionalism: China in the Twenty-first Century||p. 481|
|Australian and International Economic Policy|
|Australia: The New Economic Template||p. 491|
|The Story of Modern Superannuation||p. 502|
|After the Crisis: The Emerging Order||p. 515|
|Superannuation: Turbocharging Retirement Incomes||p. 522|
|The World Economy: The Narrow Escape||p. 533|
|Financial Innovation and Labour Reform in the Post-Industrial Age||p. 541|
|Developing China: The Continuing Story||p. 549|
|Picking the Peak: 25 Years of the Bull Market||p. 556|
|The New Global Mosaic||p. 561|
|Vocational Education and Training: The Oft-Forgotten Tier||p. 571|
|Human Resource Management: The Role of Leadership||p. 580|
|The Compassionate Agenda||p. 586|
|The Irresistible Emergence of Emerging Markets||p. 592|
|The Re-Emerging Crisis: The World Malaise-Mid-2011||p. 598|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st November 2011
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.2 x 5.6
Weight (kg): 1.01