The controversial Western Australian Governments of 1980s are again in the spotlight with the former Premier, Brian Burke, accused of seeking to influence the current State Government. Jeff Carr recalls his eight years in the WA Cabinets of Brian Burke, Peter Dowding and Carmen Lawrence during one of the most dramatic eras in Australian political history. He recounts the highs, the successes, the frustrations and the disappointments that are part and parcel of active politics in exciting times.
It is also the story of how a shy, nervous, introverted, stammering boy from a humble country family battled his way through to make an impact for the better in the tough and changing world of politics.
His intriguing life story is told against the background of social history that covers growing up in a small country community and the rapid changes in society, politics, technology and lifestyle.
About the Author
Jeff Carr was born in Geraldton WA in 1944 and was raised in modest circumstances in the small nearby stock-selling and railway town-site of Narngulu.
From a shy, nervous, stammering child he progressed to become a schoolteacher before entering the WA State Parliament in 1974 as Member for Geraldton. After nine years in opposition he became a senior Minister for eight years in the Labor Governments of Brian Burke, Peter Dowding and Carmen Lawrence. He held seven portfolios including Police, Mines and Fuel and Energy. Jeff left politics in 1991 after falling out with Carmen Lawrence and being dumped from Cabinet.
In retirement he became actively involved in sport administration in addition to his family role as house spouse. He is presently serving on three Government Agencies.
Number Of Pages: 642
Published: 1st January 2008
Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 21.500 x 14.500