The Professionals. Strategy, Money & the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia. Stephen Mills. Black Inc. $ 29.99.
A former journalist and speechwriter for Bob Hawke, Mills has put together an important book on the key players behind Australia’s political campaigns. He has interviewed every living national campaign director of the two major political parties, covering every federal election since 1974. Running political parties has become a business in its own right, a top-down managerial enterprise with money – or lack of it – an ever-present constraint. Mills has produced a revealing book which is a must read for anyone interested in how Australian democracy actually works.