Betrayal : The Underbelly Of Australian Labor by Simon Benson

by |June 2, 2010

A story that some in the Australian Labor Party would prefer to keep buried. But to others, including former Labor giants, it’s a story that needs telling.

BETRAYAL is a shocking, often crude, even hilarious war-story about politics, policy and petty personal ambition.

More important, its about the train wreck of the NSW Labor Party & the policy reform framework that past Labor leaders fought hard to make it stand for.

What the Press is Saying:

“an extraordinary book…meticulously detailed…I couldn’t put it down…an absolutely gripping story.” Alan Jones, Radio 2GB

“An accurate portrayal…I had a…deal with the Prime Minister and it should have been honoured.” – Morris Iemma, former NSW Premier

“a portrayal of the dirty world of politics…secret meetings and broken promises…” – Steve Liebmann, Radio 2UE

“an outstanding read…” – Ray Hadley, Radio 2GB

“an explosive tell-all book…” – The Daily Telegraph

” …probably be the best-selling political insider’s account in years” – Vexnews

“A ripper book” – Michael Smith, Radio 4BC Drive

Award-winning journalist Simon Benson is chief national political reporter for Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph, where he has worked since 1994.

During the events that led to the collapse of NSW’s Iemma government, one of the State’s most turbulent political periods, Simon was The Daily Telegraph’s NSW political editor, and also president of the NSW Parliamentary Press Gallery.

A former environment editor, Simon won the Australian Eureka Prize in 2001 for environmental journalism.

He grew up in Melbourne and studied philosophy before completing a postgraduate degree in journalism.

Simon is married to SBS journalist Peta-Jane Madam and lives in Sydney’s inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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