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A very personal account of an extraordinary period in Australian politics. Despite the divisions within the Labor Party as the Rudd government fell into disunity and as Julia Gillard was undermined by disloyalty from within, Wayne Swan steered the Australian ecomy through a time of unprecedented international ecomic challenges. He tells how he nurtured an ecomy that was the envy of the world, standing up to an opposition and a business elite who fought fiercely against Labor's political agenda. In the face of bitter attacks by vested interests - from the miners and big polluters, to the hotels and clubs industry and, of course, sections of the media - much important nation changing legislation was wrangled through the parliament. This is a story that can only be told from the inside. It provides unique access to the decision-making of a government whose legacy of ecomic management and social change is still to be fully recognised.
Wayne Swan is the author of Postcode: the Splintering of a Nation, and the much-read and hugely influential essay '0.01 Per Cent: The Rising Influence of Vested Interests'.