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The Independent Member for Lyne  : A Memoir - Rob Oakeshott

The Independent Member for Lyne

A Memoir

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Published: 1st June 2014
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From his apprenticeship in the NSW Parliament to the last days of the Gillard government, this is the honest and real story of life in Australian politics. Passionate, vivid and immediate, full of insights and anecdotes, Rob Oakeshott tells it as it was.

When the results of the 2010 federal elections became known, no party had a majority in the House of Representatives - it was the first hung parliament for 40 years. So both the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, set about wooing the independents - Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott, Bob Katter, Andrew Wilkie, and Adam Bandt of the Greens. In the end Julia Gillard stitched together an agreement with them to form government. When it was announced, famously there was talk of a 'kinder, gentler polity'. That lasted for about one day.

Rob Oakeshott, in his very candid and compelling memoir, relates the events leading up to this agreement and what happened thereafter when he and Windsor, in particular, proved themselves to be stauncher supporters of Julia Gillard than many of her party colleagues. He remembers moments of celebration and incidents of perfidy. But above all, we get to meet close up and personal the man who played such an important role in the 43rd Parliament.

About the Author

Rob Oakeshott was the independent Member of the House of Representatives for the Division of Lyne in New South Wales from 2008 - 2013. Prior to that he had been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, elected in1996 as the National candidate. He left the party to become an independent in 2002 and retained the seat until 2008.

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4.0

Great Reflection on Politics

By Tejas

from Sydney

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Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
    • Reference

    Everyone remembers when Australia had a hung parliament. Oakeshott was one of the kingmakers and here he tells his story along with his upbringings in the NSW Parliament.

    From this book I realise he is truly independent. He wanted to do the right thing and sometimes succeeded while at other times failed. He is very honest in this regard. He has many regrets but realises he made the right decision in supporting Labor.

    There are a few glaring errors but I would really recommend this book not only for political enthusiasts but those that want to read a truly great story. Rob Oakeshott - he was truly independent.

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    5.0

    Finally the truth!

    By Old man next door

    from Port Macquarie

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    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Reference
      • Travel Reading
      • Younger Readers

      I learnt a lot

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      ISBN: 9781743319314
      ISBN-10: 1743319312
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 320
      Published: 1st June 2014
      Publisher: Allen & Unwin
      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3