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Melbourne University Publishing, Jun 1, 2013 - Political Science - 224 pages
New introduction on why good policy matters and why books debating big policy ideas matter. Abbott argues the battle of ideas helps ensure political parties come to power knowing who they are, what they stand for, what the impact of the policies might be and how they can best be implemented. Good policy is 1% headline and 99% implementation — a lesson Labor has failed to heed. Liberal Party leader and parliamentary pugilist Tony Abbott offers a frank analysis of the way forward for the Liberal Party. Here he draws lessons from the dying days of the Howard Government, and gives his views on his contemporaries, including Kevin Rudd, Peter Costello, Julia Gillard and Malcolm Turnbull. In Battlelines, Abbott looks at the values and instincts that drive the Liberal Party and proposes policy that the party should adopt. This is the often humorous story of his own political development. He describes the truth about politicians' lives; his 'days from hell'; insider moments from the halls of power; and how a would-be priest believed he had fathered an unknown son. Battlelines outlines a state of play for the Liberal Party, cementing Tony Abbott's reputation as one of the Liberal Party's most interesting thinkers and fearless advocates.

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About the author (2013)

Tony Abbott has been Member for Warringah since 1994 and Leader of the Opposition since December 2009. During the last Coalition government he served as a parliamentary secretary, minister, cabinet minister and as Leader of the House of Representatives.
Abbott holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from Sydney University and a Master of Arts (Philosophy and Politics) from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Before entering Parliament Tony Abbott was executive director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy and press secretary and political advisor to Dr John Hewson when he was Leader of the Opposition. In his previous career as a journalist, he wrote features for The Bulletin and The Australian. Tony Abbott lives in Forestville with wife Margaret and three daughters: Louise, Frances and Bridget.

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