Tales from the Political Trenches
Tales from the Political Trenches is an intimate account of one of the most tumultuous periods in Australian politics, as well as a tale of personal change.
After winning a spectacular victory against Prime Minister John Howard in 2007, McKew was one of the many casualties of the disastrous 2010 election campaign, when Labor was left clinging to the wreckage and forced into minority government. Still dealing with her own disappointments in a political career cut short by the machinations of her own party, McKew has spent the past year talking to her colleagues in an effort to understand what went wrong.
Maxine McKew counters the view that in 2010 Julia Gillard was a reluctant conscript who was forced to move against a chaotic and dysfunctional Kevin Rudd—and offers a different version of events. Says McKew "Rudd was removed by an impatient deputy backed by a group of individuals who see themselves as the 'owners' of the Labor party".
Why is Labor now operating through the uncertainty of minority government and from a position of diminished trust? And why is our political culture so debauched? Tales from the Political Trenches is a must-read for those who have followed the events of the past few years and are still asking, 'What the hell happened?'For more information:
Good evening everyone. My name is Maxine McKew and I’m a recovering ex politician. It’s been two months since my last division. Tonight is part of my therapy. Isn’t modern politics wonderful? We scream banalities at each other for six … Continue reading
Good evening everyone (Ahn Nyung Haseyo). What a lovely event it is that you have organized this evening. My thanks to the Korean Society of Sydney Australia. I would like to start by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land … Continue reading
I rise today to acknowledge a wonderful result for some extraordinary people in my electorate of Bennelong. After a long period of advocacy on my part, the Karonga School in Epping, which provides education for over 50 intellectually and physically … Continue reading
I rise today to promote the cause of Asian language education, which will certainly not benefit from the member for Warringah. I have spoken many times in this place about the vibrant, ethnically diverse community that I represent in Sydney’s … Continue reading
I would like today to pay a special tribute to hardworking community champions in the Korean community in Sydney, many of whom live and work in my electorate in Bennelong. Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Austral-Korean … Continue reading
Thank you Robert for the warm welcome. I would like to acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their elders past and present. It is lovely to be back at … Continue reading
This is an area where people dream big dreams. It’s something I keep telling the Prime Minister. It is an area that is full of people who are smart, ambitious, innovative. This is a community that is unafraid of change.
I would like to acknowledge the Gurringai and Darug peoples, traditional owners of the land we are meeting on. I pay my respects to their elders, past and present. I would also like to acknowledge parliamentary colleagues and my good … Continue reading
Like many other members of this parliament, indeed many members of the international community, I welcome the end of decades of conflict in Sri Lanka. In my electorate there are a number of residents of Sri Lankan origin, of both … Continue reading