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The Good Fight  : Six years, two prime ministers and staring down the Great Recession - Wayne Swan

The Good Fight

Six years, two prime ministers and staring down the Great Recession

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A highly personal account of the Rudd and Gillard governments from the heart of the Cabinet and the real story of how Australia avoided the Great Recession from the man recognised as the best treasurer in the world

This is Wayne Swan's very personal account of an extraordinary period in Australian politics.

Despite the divisions within the Labor Party as the Rudd government fell into disunity and as Julia Gillard was undermined by disloyalty from within, Wayne Swan steered the Australian economy through a time of unprecedented international economic challenges.

He tells how he nurtured an economy that was the envy of the world, standing up to an opposition and a business elite who fought fiercely against Labor's political agenda. In the face of bitter attacks by vested interests from the miners and banks, to the hotels and clubs industry and, of course, the media much important nation changing legislation was wrangled through the parliament.

This is a story that can only be told from the inside. It provides unique access to the decision making of a government whose legacy of economic management and social change is still to be fully recognised.

About the Author

In 2011 Wayne Swan was named Euromoney Finance Minister of the Year. He was federal Treasurer from 2007 to 2013 and has been the member for Lilley since 1993. He is the author of Postcode: the Splintering of a Nation (2005), and the much read and hugely influential essay '0.01 Per Cent: The Rising Influence of Vested Interests'.

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    I was surprised that I enjoyed this book quite so much; I haven't ever really understood some of the more intricate details of how Australian governments operate, nor how the Australian Treasurer has such an impact on our society - but this really lays out the facts in a digestible, fascinating way. I found it extremely fair and surprisingly balanced given that it was written from a clearly partisan perspective, and would recommend it to anyone who is curious about and wants to really understand what happened in Australia during the GFC.

     
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      nice insight - if your interested in politics

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        This enabled me to gain an insight on how Australia got through the GFC.

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          A rare insight into political machinations and intrigue.

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          ISBN: 9781743319352
          ISBN-10: 1743319355
          Audience: Tertiary; University or College
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 416
          Published: 19th August 2014
          Publisher: Allen & Unwin
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.2
          Weight (kg): 0.58
          Edition Number: 1