Dedicated to BUBU.
Read the book, like it. Well described behind the scene politics, internal and external.
Kevin Rudd, a former PM, a current Minister for Foreign Affairs
Julia Gillard, a current PM, and who challenged K.Rudd and overturned him.
ALP-Australian Liberal Party
Book review: The Party Thieves by Barry Cassidy.
The Party Thieves, while strangely named, is a thorough reporting by Barrie Cassidy of the replacement of Kevin Rudd as the Prime Minister by the parliamentary wing of the ALP, the first days of Julia Gillard’s Prime Ministership and the 2010 election campaign up until the decision of September 7 that made Gillard Prime Minister in a minority government.
The book dives right into the detail. It’s a great book for someone who wasn’t in Australia at the time. It’ll be a great reference for future generations of students of political science and journalism. The people who lived through it probably won’t want to relive it, although the political “tragics” will find this book nourishing.
The book begins looking into the recent history of the federal parliamentary party and its leadership: with Mark Latham and Rudd’s campaign for the leadership. That Gillard had the numbers to replace Beazley with Rudd is an eye opener for me. Gillard didn’t simply have the ability. She also had the numbers. Rudd was the bridegroom, one that, unfortunately, disappointed the parliamentary party as well as the citizens of Australia.