Relaxed & Comfortable: The Liberal Party's Australia: Quarterly Essay 19

Relaxed & Comfortable: The Liberal Party's Australia: Quarterly Essay 19

The Liberal Party's Australia

by Judith Brett

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/09/2005

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What is the Liberal Party's core appeal to Australian voters? Has John Howard made a dramatic break with the past, or has he ingeniously modernised the strategies of his party's founder, Sir Robert Menzies? For Judith Brett, the governmeant of John Howard has done what successful Liberal governments have always done- it has made its stand firmly at the centre and presented itself as the true guardian of the national interest. In doing this, John Howard has taken over the national traditions of the Australian Legend that Labor once considered its own. Brett offers a lucid short history of the Liberals as well as an original account of the Prime Minister, arguing that, above all, he is a man obsessed with the fight against Labor. She explores both his inventiveness in practising the politics of unity and his great ruthlessness in practising the politics of division. She incorporates fascinating interview material with Liberal voters, shedding light on some of the different ways in which the Liberals appeal as the natural party of government. Full of provocative ideas, Relaxed & Comfortable will change the way Australians see the last decade of national politics. 'Where Keating spoke to the nation, Howard spoke from it - straight from the heart of its shared beliefs and commonsense understandings of itself.' - Judith Brett, Relaxed & Comfortable
ISBN:
9781863950947
9781863950947
Category:
Sociology & anthropology
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-09-2005
Publisher:
Black Inc.
Country of origin:
Australia
Edition:
19th Edition
Pages:
144
Dimensions (mm):
234x167x10mm
Weight:
0.22kg
Judith Brett

Judith Brett is the author of Robert Menzies' Forgotten People and emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. The Enigmatic Mr Deakin won the 2018 National Biography Award, and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, NSW Premier's History Awards and Queensland Literary Awards.

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