The Pro­fes­sion­als. Strat­egy, Money & the Rise of the Po­lit­i­cal Cam­paigner in Aus­tralia. Stephen Mills. Black Inc. $ 29.99.

The Australian - The Deal - - First Up -

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.

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