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COVER STORY Something rotten led to fish-kill: perhaps fishy environmentalism

EDITORIAL Resistance grows to Beijing's soft-power push

CANBERRA OBSERVED Climate change: deadly ... to political leaders

TECHNOLOGY Electric cars: UK taxpayers subsidise rich greenies

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION A step too small?

CYBER SECURITY Chinese smartphone threat extends way beyond Huawei

SOCIETY Such grandeur of spirit

POLITICS John Hewson should have as sturdy a Constitution

FINANCE Hayne royal commission sets agenda for bank reform

FAMILY RELATIONS Dad: a girl's first and most influential love

COMMENTARY Words gone feral: rights and equality

MEDICINE AND CULTURE Book captures tragedy of falling foul of a fanatic

SOCIETY AND CULTURE A dog's life: reflections of a grey nomad

HUMOUR

MUSIC Serialism a killer: Ideas tend to get in the way

CINEMA Cold Pursuit: Revenge served up manic

BOOK REVIEW Why the West and nowhere else

BOOK REVIEW The escalation of horror and atrocity

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Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Joel Deane

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University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 2015
Paperback: 368 pages
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Catch and Kill is an inside account of the beguiling and nomadic nature of the unholy trinity of politics – the winning, the wielding, the losing of power. Taking us into the inner sanctum of state and national politics, Joel Deane investigates how four friends – Steve Bracks, John Brumby, John Thwaites and Rob Hulls – beat the factions, won office in Victoria, achieved progressive reforms, then tried to hijack Canberra. “We were,” Bracks says, “a government that could catch and kill its own.”

Drawing on dozens of interviews with key figures, Deane provides a candid insight into the triumphs and failures of the Bracks-Brumby government, as well as those of its federal and state counterparts. He also shines a light on the personalities behind these decisions – their ambitions, their passions and their disappointments.

A gripping work of narrative non-fiction, Catch and Kill delivers a slice of political gothic, taking readers inside the heart of the contemporary Labor Party in search of the nature of power.

About the author

Joel Deane is a poet, novelist, journalist, essayist, and speechwriter. He is a former producer for the MSNBC technology news show, The Site, has penned reviews and essays for Australian Book Review, and written speeches for Labor politicians such as Bill Shorten, Steve Bracks, and John Brumby. He is the author of the novel The Norseman’s Song and the collection of poetry, Magisterium, which was a finalist for the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

 


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