Inside Story – A political memoir
Out Of Print
This is a book about politics—or at least my experience on the edges of it. Some of my friends ask ‘Why would anyone want to read about politics?—with a hint more laughter than I appreciate! I reply seriously—one reason is to record what happened. If only a small number read this book, at least it is there. Recording history is a vital responsibility to those who come after us. As George Santayana said ‘Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it’.
Another reason is to encourage the next generation to ‘have a go’; to have a vision of what can be achieved. Australians are fortunate to live in a peaceful and prosperous nation but it didn’t just ‘happen’—it needed individuals to put their energy and their time into the task of making Australia the great place it is.
As I write I am listening to the moving words of Advance Australia Fair being played at the Australia Day ceremony on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin and across the water stands our distinctive parliament house. It is a stirring image.
Australian parliaments need decent, talented people—making decisions based on reason and ethics and doing it with civility. My hope is that some ordinary folk might read this book and think a career in politics a possibility. There are stories of attrition and misadventure in the pages of this small book, but don’t let these be discouragements. This is a cautionary tale, and I would be happy to think that by reading this book, readers might manage to avoid some of the pitfalls I fell in to. And fear not, those of us who took part in the game gained infinitely more than we lost in the struggle to achieve our goals.
Finally, ‘a writer writes’ and for a number of years I have called myself a writer. I write about my life and experiences. I keep a daily diary; write poetry; make books; tempt others to write and so on…