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Faction man : Bill Shorten's path to power

de David Marr

Sèrie: Quarterly Essay (Nº 59)

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"David Marr is as brilliant a biographer and journalist as this country has produced':Peter Craven, Spectator A brilliant biography for an election year ...Who is Bill Shorten? How did he rise to become Labor leader? And does he have what it takes to beat Malcolm Turnbull and lead the country? In Faction Man, David Marr traces the hidden career of a Labor warrior. In dazzling style, he shows how a brilliant recruiter and formidable campaigner mastered first the unions and then the party. Marr presents a man willing to deal with his enemies and shift his allegiances, whose ambition to lead has been fixed since childhood.a But does he stand for anything? Is Shorten a defender of Labor values in today's Australia or a shape-shifter, driven entirely by politics? How does the union world he comes from shape the prime minister he might be? Marr reveals a man we hardly know: a virtuoso with numbers and a strategist of skill who Labor hopes will return the party to power. "… (més)
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David Marr is so easy to read, and so well researched. Here's a portrait of a man with almost everything takes to be Prime Minister of Australia. He is clever, smart, sociable. He can organise others. He can compromise, even shape shift, to get an outcome. He believes in old-fashioned Labor issues like jobs for all, decent pay and conditions. He ought to be hero of the middle and working classes. But one sentence in Marr's description reveals the one lamentable thing: "It isn't true he stands for nothing. ... What's counted against him is that he stands for nothing brave." ( )
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"David Marr is as brilliant a biographer and journalist as this country has produced':Peter Craven, Spectator A brilliant biography for an election year ...Who is Bill Shorten? How did he rise to become Labor leader? And does he have what it takes to beat Malcolm Turnbull and lead the country? In Faction Man, David Marr traces the hidden career of a Labor warrior. In dazzling style, he shows how a brilliant recruiter and formidable campaigner mastered first the unions and then the party. Marr presents a man willing to deal with his enemies and shift his allegiances, whose ambition to lead has been fixed since childhood.a But does he stand for anything? Is Shorten a defender of Labor values in today's Australia or a shape-shifter, driven entirely by politics? How does the union world he comes from shape the prime minister he might be? Marr reveals a man we hardly know: a virtuoso with numbers and a strategist of skill who Labor hopes will return the party to power. "

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