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A Premier's State
A Premier's State

A Premier's State


320 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $36.00 (US $36.00) (CA $38.95)

Publication Date: November 2012

ISBN 9780522860795

Rights: US & CA

Melbourne University Press (Nov 2012)

Price: $36.00


Reflecting upon his ambition to make a difference and how he reached his goal, Steve Bracks, Victoria’s longest serving premier, shares his story in this honest and insightful autobiography. From his early childhood growing up in a conservative yet impassioned family that supported the Democratic Labor Party to his gradual evolution from left-wing university radical to pragmatic center-left premier, this book reveals the background for Bracks’s decision to take the party’s leadership in 1999. A wide-ranging and thoughtful look at Bracks’s life and career, this record encompasses his thoughts not only on the Labor Party, but also on the state of Australian politics in general.

Author Biography

Steve Bracks is the former Australian premier of Victoria; an advisor to the prime minister of East Timor, Xanana Gusmao; the chair of the superannuation fund Cbus; and an advisor to KPMG. He is also a nonexecutive director of numerous nonprofit and industry bodies, including the Deakin Foundation, the Bionics Institute, Jardine Lloyd Thomson Australia, the John Button Foundation, the Union Education Foundation, and the Beirut Hellenic Bank. Ellen Whinnett is a journalist with more than 20 years experience and the deputy editor of the Sunday Herald Sun. She is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including a Walkley award for news reporting.