Meet icon Max­ine McKew

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE -

HERE is your chance to meet one of Aus­tralia’s most in­flu­en­tial women, ac­claimed Aus­tralian jour­nal­ist, politi­cian and au­thor Max­ine McKew, at coun­cil’s Ma­roochy­dore Li­brary from 7-9pm on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 30.

Max­ine’s back­ground in jour­nal­ism made her a fa­mil­iar face on the ABC where she was an­chor of pres­ti­gious pro­grams such as Late­line and the 7.30 Re­port.

Her work has been recog­nised by her peers and she has re­ceived both a Lo­gie and a cov­eted Walkey jour­nal­ism award.

Max­ine left broad­cast­ing and made the switch to pol­i­tics, she wrote her­self into the his­tory books by de­feat­ing Prime Min­is­ter John Howard in the Syd­ney seat of Ben­ne­long.

In govern­ment, she was par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary for early child­hood and later for infrastructure and lo­cal govern­ment.

Her book, Tales from the Po­lit­i­cal Trenches, tells the story of McKew’s tri­umph over John Howard and of her time as a par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary in the tu­mul­tuous Rudd/Gil­lard La­bor govern­ments.

Her in­sider’s ac­count of pub­lic pol­icy is a must read for those in­ter­ested in the in­ner wheels of democ­racy.

Sun­shine Coast Li­braries’ au­thor events are reg­u­larly hosted at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

Tick­ets are $25 per per­son and book­ings are a must via coun­cil’s li­brary web­site.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AWARD WIN­NER: Meet Aus­tralian jour­nal­ism icon Max­ine McKew.

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