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There are 51 books in this catalogue.
Young, Irwin
Book Number: 3792
 Alpha Books, Sydney, 1971. 1st edition. Cloth. 189pp, b&w plates throughout. Very good/ very good(small tear)
Price: $9.00

Dark Victory:
Marr, David
Book Number: 32446
ISBN: 1865089397
Crows Nest, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited 2003 8vo softcover 350pp index. very good+. Dark Victory is the secret history of John Howard's campaign against boat people that began with the Tampa and ended ten extraordinary weeks later - after deaths and disappearances, violent confrontations in the Indian Ocean and international uproar - with the Australian people giving the Prime Minister his third, most daring election victory. David Marr and Marian Wilkinson, two of the country's most accomplished investigative journalists, burrow deep into the ways of John Howard's Australia. They reveal a world of ruthlessly skilled politicians, timid bureaucrats, a cowed Opposition, outmanoeuvred top brass, subtle spin doctors - and the men and women arriving on rotten boats who found themselves ambushed at sea by an angry Australia.
Price: $11.00

The Poverty Wars: Reconnecting Research With Reality
Saunders, Peter
Book Number: 40180
ISBN: 0868408107
UNSW Press 2005 8vo softcover 158pp index. very good+. In this short, passionate, and very readable book, Peter Saunders--one of Australia's leading social policy researchers--expresses his core viewpoint that, although poverty is deeply rooted in the experience of people's lives, it all too often is reduced to a set of statistics. But, without evidence of the experiences of the poor, statistics alone cannot shed light on the underlying causes and indicate what kinds of responses are needed. Saunders' vision is of a society free from 'the national disgrace' of poverty, as identified by the Poverty Commission over three decades ago. nnThe Poverty Wars sets out the ideas and arguments for such a national re-examination and reorientation by examining existing theories and evidence on poverty and other forms of disadvantage. Saunders develops a set of accessible ideas designed to change the way we think about poverty and to encourage a revitalised commitment to its eradication. He claims that the goal of ending poverty lies well within our reach, arguing that we can eliminate financial poverty by 2020 using the funds generated by economic growth. The fact that we don't do so is a matter of choice, not affordability--as the experience of other countries demonstrates. In challenging this idea, this book focuses on how looking at poverty differently can help to make a world without poverty a practical reality. nnAbout the AuthornPeter Saunders is Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.
Price: $8.00

Australian democracy: In theory and practice
Maddox, Graham
Book Number: 40656
ISBN: 0582711274
Longman Cheshire 1985 8vo softcover 463pp index. very good.
Price: $15.00

The Courtesans - The Press Gallery in the Hawke Era
Parker, Derek
Book Number: 42949
ISBN: 0044423438
Allen & Unwin April 1, 1991 8vo softcover 208pp very good. The Courtesans is the story of the relationship between the press gallery and the most media-concious government Australia had ever seen, the government of Bob Hawke. As a result of its preference for the Hawke style and its sympathy with the government's objectives, the Press Gallery had moved close to the government - perhaps too close for the principles of journalism and the practice of democracy. The Courtesans is about power without responsibility. It argues that the Press Gallery is a secret and elite institution, out of step with the community it purports to serve and obsessed with its own machinations. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to look behind the facade and understand the real workings of Australian politics.
Price: $14.00

William John McKell: Boilermaker, Premier, Governor-General
Cunneen, Chris
Book Number: 46042
ISBN: 0868405876
New South Wales Univ Pr Ltd August 2001 8vo softcover 271pp very good. William McKell, the long-serving Labor Premier of New South Wales (1941-47), is in many ways the architect of the great electoral success of the ALP in NSW since the Second World War. - His political life began after the momentous 1916 split in the ALP over the conscription issue, when he became the youngest endorsed Labor candidate for the NSW state election. - Before he turned thirty he had become NSW Minister of Justice, and he eventually won the party leadership in 1939 and led the party to victory in 1941. - McKell played a central role in creating the modern NSW Labor Party, a pragmatic, electorally successful political machine. - Neville Wran described him as "perhaps the most significant political figure in the history of NSW"; like Wran, he cultivated rural as well as urban voters. - After six years as premier he accepted - controversially - Prime Minister Menzies' invitation to become Governor General, a post he filled until 1953. He died in 1985. - This lively account of McKell's life provides a vivid portrait of the development of this important labour movement figure, and a readable insight into New South Wales politics during a key period in twentieth century history.
Price: $12.00

Kevin Rudd: An Unauthorised Political Biography
Stuart, Nicholas
Book Number: 59630
ISBN: 1921215585
Scribe Publications, 2007 8vo softcover 288pp Very good.
Price: $12.00

Party Girls: Labor Women Now
Deverall, Kate (Editor)
Book Number: 24663
ISBN: 1864031174
November 2001 Pluto Press 8vo. softcover. 293pp. index, b/w illus near fine.
Price: $8.00

From the suburbs : building a nation from our neighbourhoods
Latham, Mark
Book Number: 37342
ISBN: 1864031891
Annandale, N.S.W. Pluto Press 2003 8vo softcover 149pp index. very good. A collection of Mark Latham's papers over the past two years, reflecting his work as a creative and aggressive Labor frontbencher. Most importantly, he defines the direction in which the ALP should head: a party with a radical edge, rattling the cage on Australia's political, social and economic establishment.nnIncludes index.nBibliography: p. 140-144.
Price: $6.00

All the Way With the USA: Australia, the U.s., And Free Trade (Briefings)
Capling, Ann
Book Number: 38945
ISBN: 0868409766
Sydney UNSW Press 2005 8vo softcover 96pp. very good. When Australia signed a free trade agreement with the United States, Prime Minister John Howard hailed it as an historic achievement that would add "enormous long-term benefits to the Australian economy." Senator Bob Brown called it "a disaster". No trade agreement has aroused greater controversy in Australia's history. It affects domestic policy in areas such as culture, public health and copyright, while producing only meagre trade gains for Australian exports. It represents a departure from the long-standing bipartisan commitment to free trade between all countries in favor of special deals between "friends." In this lively and topical book, Ann Capling traces the evolution of Australian trade policy and examines the key issues raised by the agreement.
Price: $8.00

Limiting Democracy: The Erosion of Electoral Rights in Australia
Hughes, Colin & Costar, Brian
Book Number: 40127
ISBN: 0868409480
UNSW Press 2006 8vo softcover 96pp. very good+. Recently introduced legislation and other proposal from government ministers threaten Australians' right to vote. Brian Costar and Colin A. Hughes argue that rather than watering down democratic rights we need to strengthen the key features of our electoral system. nnFrom the Inside FlapnRecently introduced legislation and other proposal from government ministers threaten Australians' right to vote. Brian Costar and Colin A. Hughes argue that rather than watering down democratic rights we need to strengthen the key features of our electoral system.
Price: $6.00

A report on aspects of youth homelessness
Australia. Parliament. House of Representatives. Standing Committee on Comm
Book Number: 44514
ISBN: 0644431431
Canberra Australian Govt. Pub. Service 1995 8vo softcover 416pp very good. Po name and phone number on title page. The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. "May 1995". Chairman: Allan Morris. AGPS cat. no. 9502335. Includes bibliographical references. Also published as Parliamentary Paper no. 86/1995.
Price: $22.00

Patrician Democrat: The Political Life of Charles Cowper 1843-1870
Powell, Alan
Book Number: 46873
ISBN: 0522841325
Melbourne University Press, 1977 8vo. hardcover. 192pp. index, b/w frontis. Very good. / Very good d/w.
Price: $11.00

Charlton, Andrew
Book Number: 47308
ISBN: 9781741667387
Random House 2007 8vo. softcover. 261pp. index. Good+.
Price: $8.00

Brothers: Eight Leaders of the Labor Council of New South Wales
Dodkin, Marilyn
Book Number: 48160
ISBN: 0868407402
University of New South Wales Press October 1, 2001 8vo softcover 320pp very good. A critical examination of the rise to power of eight men who led the Labor Council between 1946 and 2001. It provides a unique insight into the relationship between the Labor Council and the Labor Party and throws new light on the right-wing faction. Brothers is a controversial study of how these eight men maintained the predominance of the Right in the New South Wales labor movement.
Price: $22.00

Betrayal: The Underbelly Of Australian Labor
Benson, Simon
Book Number: 57679
ISBN: 9780980741827
Pantera Press, Seaforth, 2010. 8vo. hardcover. 297pp. index. Very good, owner's details on fep. / Very good+ d/w.
Price: $8.00

Sir William Deane: The Things That Matter
Stephens, Tony
Book Number: 60317
ISBN: 0733615287
Hodder 2002 8vo softcover 262pp b/w illus. very good.
Price: $8.00

Wran. An Unauthorised Biography.
Steketee, Mike and Cockburn, Milton
Book Number: 22558
Allen & Unwin Australia 1st edition 1986. 8vo. hardcover. 365pp. index, + b/w plates. very good, black pastedown on fep. /very good d/w.
Price: $15.00

Diary of a Foreign Minister
Carr, Bob
Book Number: 61795
ISBN: 9781742234175
University of New South Wales Press, 2014. 8vo. hardcover. 502pp. index. Very good+. / Very good+ d/w.
Price: $18.00

Liberal Women: Federation to 1949
Fitzherbert, Margaret
Book Number: 61751
ISBN: 1862874603
The Federation Press, 2004. 8vo. softcover. 305pp. index, b/w illus. Very good.
Price: $14.00

Stand & Deliver: Celebrating 50 Years of the National Press Club
Lewis, Steve
Book Number: 61659
ISBN: 9781863956994
Black Inc, Australia 2014. 8vo. hardcover. 308pp. index, colour ilus. Very good. / Very good d/w.
Price: $18.00