Quarterly Essay 15 Latham's World: The New Politics of the Outsiders

Quarterly Essay 15 Latham's World: The New Politics of the Outsiders

by Margaret Simons

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In the third Quarterly Essay of 2004, Margaret Simons takes a long hard look at Mark Latham, the self-proclaimed "club buster" and the man who would be prime minister. Few doubt Latham's intelligence and ambition, but what will this amount to in government? Simons argues that if Labor is elected, it will not be "business as usual". Rather we can expect a reformist government in the spirit - if not the letter - of Latham's political tutor, Gough Whitlam. It is also likely to be a government that has little time for the totemic issues of the Labor elites.

This is an essay that takes the political pulse of the nation - it is clear-eyed, probing, anchored in observation and an original analysis of the political state of play. It ventures into the murky world of Liverpool Council, where Latham made enemies and ran the show. It reserves harsh words for those in the media who have ignored Latham's ideas and community campaigning in favour of rumour-mongering. Above all, it reveals Latham as a conviction politician and an acute thinker, with a prescient understanding of how the urban fringe now drives the politics of the nation.

"Mark Latham's arrival on the political scene has brought to an end the fictions that have dominated politics for the last ten years." —Margaret Simons, Latham's World

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781921825149
Publisher: Black Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Series: Quarterly Essay , #15
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 428 KB

About the Author

Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance investigative and feature journalist. She provides media commentary for Crikey and writes for the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, the Monthly as well as other publications. Her book, The Meeting of the Waters: The Hindmarsh Island Affair, won the Queensland premier’s literary award for non-fiction in 2003. Her most recent work includes The Content Makers: Understanding the Future of the Australian Media (2007), which was longlisted for the non-fiction book award in the 2008 Walkley awards.

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