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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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    5.0

    Insightful a must read for voters

    By Happy Reader

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      The Member for Lyne tells it like it is. Thanks for writing it up. A timely read.

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      5.0

      Wildflower Hill plenty going on

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        Friends also really enjoyed the Australian locations and life story

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        4.0

        Open and Honest

        By Lloydy the Leftie

        from Dubbo NSW

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        I found Rob Oakshot's book to be an honest and open account of his role in the hung parliament. His insights into certain politicians is refreshing to read because it is in many ways no holds barred. As in politics his account is even handed giving both major party MPs a serve if he thinks they deserve it. It did start to drag a bit but still well worth reading.

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        4.0

        Fascinating insights

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        A fascinating behind-the-scenes look into one of the most tumultuous times in Australian politics, courtesy of this autobiography/daily diary from kingmaker and "17-minute man" Rob Oakeshott. Contains reflections on policies, people and being an independent. Like his speeches, it can drag on a bit, but it's essential reading for the political nerd.

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        4.0

        Great Reflection on Politics

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        from Sydney

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          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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            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  x 3.0
            Weight (kg): 0.56
            Edition Number: 1