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Faction Man Bill Shorten’s Path to Power

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 wo. Not Marr s best work it lacks the animating rage of The Prince for example but perhaps this rather dry telling is fitting to the man Bill Shorten is something of a cipher to most Australians myself included and reading this book is like discovering that the jigsaw has even pieces than what it s a picture of It s a good look at where Shorten s from but it fails to give a good idea of where he s going to To be fair this may be as much due to Shorten himself given his tendency to keep things close to the vest and his generally opportunistic approach to politics he s reactive than active as Leader of the Opposition and while one feels that he d be a sensible and competent Prime Minister he ll never be mistaken for a visionary in the Whitlam or Keating mode Or even in the Howard mode

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Rld 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 'Shorten is now vulnerable than ever to the fundamental charge the Coalition levels against him that this is the man who brought down two prime ministers and lied about it on radio It's going to be dirty At the heart of the contest will be Shorten's character All the way to polling day Australians will be invited to rake over every detail of his short life and hidden career' David Marr Faction Man 'David Marr is as brilliant a biographer and journalist as th. I like David Marr s writing and he has helped me get perspective on and understand better a number of Australian politicians And with Shorten poised to take power at the next elections I thought it was about time to try to get to know the man better Despite Marr s best efforts I don t really feel that I do Shorten comes across as the ultimate Labour machine man you certainly get a sense of his ambition drive factional wizardry mastery of the political game but almost nothing about him as a man his real values and goals and ambitions other than ultimately to become Prime Minister Depressing reading really much of the country is desperate to get rid of the current mob in power but is Shorten really all that we have by way of credible alternative Marr tries hard but never really seems to get under Shorten s skin or does he Is that all there is Let Sleeping Dogs Lie you certainly get a sense of his ambition drive factional wizardry mastery of the political game but almost nothing about him as a man his real values and goals and ambitions other than ultimately to become Prime Minister Depressing reading really much of the country is desperate to get rid of the current mob in power but is Shorten really all that we have by way of credible alternative Marr tries hard but never really seems to get under Shorten s skin or does he Is that all there is

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Is country has produced' Peter Craven Spectator 'Taken in sum the fifty nine uarterly Essays published since 2001 offer perhaps the deepest analysis of the meandering political path we've traversed from the turn of the current century' CityMag Adelaide 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 five bestselling biographical uarterly Essays. This was pretty dry for which Shorten is most definitely to blame not Marr Still it gives some insight into Shorten s history and what exactly he wants for this country which is apparently the inspiring goal of maintaining the status uo


10 thoughts on “Faction Man Bill Shorten’s Path to Power

  1. says:

    Not Marr's best work it lacks the animating rage of The Prince for example but perhaps this rather dry telling

  2. says:

    A riveting book that keeps you captivated through the story of Shorten But don’t expect the book to change your perception of the oppositio

  3. says:

    Easily the driest of Marr's five uarterly Essays Faction Man struggles with a poor subject If you already think Shorten is boring dull hollow and mysteriously disingenuous this essay will do nothing to dispel those thoughts The main

  4. says:

    Before reading this my knowledge of Bill Shorten was that he was a man of mystery He came to light at the Beaconsfield Mine Disaster and being accused of knifing two prime ministers and came on to become the now leader of the oppos

  5. says:

    I like David Marr's writing and he has helped me get perspective on and understand better a number of Australian politicians And with Shorten poised to take power at the next elections I thought it was about time to try to g

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    This is an intriguing book by the dogged David Marr Bill Shorten Australian Labor Party leader is the opposition is portra

  8. says:

    This was pretty dry for which Shorten is most definitely to blame not Marr Still it gives some insight into Shorten's history and what exactly he wants for this country which is apparently the inspiring goal of maintaining the status uo

  9. says:

    Well written really interesting read about Bill Shorten's rise to he top

  10. says:

    What Anyone expecting that Shorten will deliver for workers hasn't read this book

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