A Premier's State

Author(s): Steve Bracks; Ellen Whinnett

Biography & Memoir

"'In May 1994, while I was going through pre-selection for the seat of Williamstown, I sat down at my desk at home and I wrote a note. I was thirty-nine years old and in that note I mapped out what I hoped would happen in my life.'

By the time he was forty-eight, Steve Bracks had achieved the goal he'd set himself nine years earlier. He was premier of Victoria. In A Premier s State he reflects on his ambition to make a difference, and how he reached his goal. He talks about his early childhood growing up in a conservative but impassioned family that supported the Democratic Labor Party, and about his gradual evolution from left-wing university radical to pragmatic centre-left premier. He reveals for the first time the background to his decision to take the party's leadership from his friend John Brumby in 1999--then to hand it back to John in 2007 when he sensationally resigned from office. He gives insights into how to run a successful government and how to manage the factions, and talks about everything from the impact of public life on his family, to forming minority government with independents."

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General Fields

  • : 9780522860795
  • : Melbourne University Publishing
  • : Melbourne University Press
  • : 0.43
  • : August 2012
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 304
  • : 812
  • : Paperback
  • : Steve Bracks; Ellen Whinnett