Quarterly Essay 59: Faction Man: Bill Shorten's Path to Power

Front Cover
Black Inc., Sep 21, 2015 - Political Science - 156 pages

The top job is within Bill Shorten’s grasp. But who is he? How did he rise to become Labor leader? And does he have what it takes to beat Malcolm Turnbull and lead the country?


In this dramatic essay, David Marr traces the hidden career of a Labor warrior. 

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.

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.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - PhilipJHunt - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 9
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2015)

David Marr is the multi-award-winning author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic and The High Price of Heaven, and co- author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He is also the author of two previous bestselling biographical Quarterly Essays: Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd and Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott.

Bibliographic information