Tales From The Political Trenches
by award winning former journalist Maxine McKew
‘An amazingly frank insider account of an extraordinary time in Australian politics’ Peter Fitzsimmons
In Tales from the Political Trenches Maxine McKew counters the view that Julia Gillard was a reluctant deputy who was forced to move against a chaotic and dysfunctional Kevin Rudd—and offers a different version of events. Her story is an intimate account of one of the most tumultuous periods in Australian politics, as well as a tale of personal change.
She brings a reporter’s eye and an insider’s knowledge to a story that has produced disillusionment among the electorate and had many people still asking, ‘what actually happened?’
Maxine McKew is an award-winning former journalist and former Federal Member for Bennelong. At the 2007 federal election, Maxine McKew wrote herself into Australian political history as only the second candidate ever to beat a prime minister – John Howard – in his own seat. Before making the switch to politics, Maxine had a thirty-year career as a broadcast and print journalist.
As host of Lateline and part-time anchor of the 7.30 Report she earned a reputation as one of the country’s most authoritative interviewers. Her television reporting has been recognised by her peers with both Logie and Walkley awards for broadcast excellence.
Her signed book will be given to the winner of this edition’s quiz.

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