Credlin Co

They shut out voices that questioned Abbott’s way. Everything started to unravel. Credlin & Co. is the story of a relationship that determined the fate of a government.

Credlin   Co

Credlin was Abbott’s enforcer, his disciplinarian, his counsellor, his brain, his mother. Her strength as a chief of staff was a sign of his weakness as a prime minister: she gave him the option of disengaging. Credlin allowed Abbott to be who he wanted to be: the good bloke, the philosopher, the weekend fire-fighter, the surfer, the orator, the man of action. If Abbott was a natural leader, it could have worked. But he lacked the most important attribute of all: judgement. Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, ran a brilliant campaign in opposition. But their approach led to disaster in government. When Abbott became prime minister, he and Credlin ruthlessly controlled ministers, backbenchers, the public service and the media. They shut out voices that questioned Abbott’s way. Everything started to unravel. Credlin & Co. is the story of a relationship that determined the fate of a government. It shows in stunning detail the disastrous consequences of power abused, and the broken people left in its wake.

Gender Politics

3 Peta Credlin and the 'right' articulation of gendered rage 1 C Pateman, The Sexual Contract, Polity/Blackwell, Cambridge, ... 14 See A Patrick, Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government destroyed itself, Black Inc., Melbourne, 2016; ...

Gender Politics

Gender is a powerful force that shapes Australia’s political leadership. Gender impacts the politics, government and policies of our nation. It influences the public lives of all political leaders. It affects how they interact with political institutions and cultures, with each other and how they are treated by the media. It can also shape who we see as strong and capable leaders. Yet, there is a lack of diversity in leadership positions across the political system and accusations of bullying and a toxic culture in our political parties are rife. So what impact does this have upon how Australia is governed and what might be done about it? From the debates on gender quotas to the ‘bonk ban’, from Julie Bishop’s failed leadership bid to Scott Morrison’s cultivated ‘daggy dad’ persona, from the treatment and legacy of Australia’s first female prime minister to the machinations of our political parties and parliament, this book explores the subtle and overt operation of gender politics in Australia. Gender Politics is a provocative and urgent collection that re-examines the way we navigate power and leadership in Australian politics.

Hideout In the Apocalypse

... Old Alex took himself off to the new Fairfax building to interview the author of Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself, respected journalist Aaron Patrick, a deputy editor at The Australian Financial Review.

Hideout In the Apocalypse

Hideout in the Apocalypse is about surveillance and the crushing of Australia’s larrikin culture. In the last three years the Australian government has prosecuted the greatest assault on freedom of speech in the nation’s history. The government knew from international research that when it introduced the panopticon, universal surveillance, into Australia it would have a devastating impact on the culture. When people know they are being watched, they behave differently. Dissent is stifled, conformity becomes the norm. This is the so-called chilling effect. Hideout in the Apocalypse, in the great tradition of The Lucky Country, takes Australia’s temperature half a century on from Donald Horne’s classic cautionary tale. Now the future has arrived. Forced by a plethora of new laws targeting journalists to use novelistic techniques, in his latest book veteran news reporter John Stapleton confirms the old adage, truth is stranger than fiction. Hideout in the Apocalypse takes up the adventures of retired news reporter Old Alex, first encountered in the book’s predecessor Terror in Australia: Workers’ Paradise Lost. But as befits the times, this book is more fantastical, intimate and politically acerbic in its portrait of his beloved country. Alex believes believes he has been under abusive levels of government surveillance since writing a book called Terror in Australia, and as a natural empath can hear the thoughts of the surveillance teams on his track, the so-called Watchers on the Watch. Alex also believes he is a cluster soul sent with others of his kind to help save the Earth from an impending apocalypse, and has the capacity to channel some of history's greatest writers. Australia might have the worst anti-freedom of speech laws in the Western world, but how can you sue a character like that? Stapleton's essential theme: a place which should have been safe from an impending apocalypse, the quagmire of religious wars enveloping the Middle East, is not safe at all. Ideas are contagious, and the Australian government is afraid of them. Australia is a democracy in name only.The war on terror has become a war on the people's right to know, justifying a massive expansion of state power. Alex’s swirling head, lifelong fascination with sociology, literature and journalism, and his deep distress over the fate of the Great Southern Land, makes him the perfect character to tell a story which urgently needs to be told.

Reforming Public Management and Governance

Patapan, H., J. Wanna and P. Weller (2005), Westminster Legacies: Democracy and Responsible Government in Asia and the Pacific, Sydney: UNSW Press. Patrick, A. (2016), Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government Destroyed itself, ...

Reforming Public Management and Governance

This book examines the impact of several decades of public sector reform in four Westminster systems – Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Political and managerial change has re-defined roles and relationships and how their public sectors function. Often this occurs in comparable ways because of a common administrative tradition, but choices made in different country contexts also produce divergent outcomes. In analysing the results and implications of reform, fundamental issues of and tensions in public administration and management are addressed.

Advising Governments in the Westminster Tradition

Westminster Legacies: Democracy and Responsible Government in Asia and the Pacific. Sydney: UNSW Press. Patrick, A. (2016). Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself. Carlton: Black Inc. Paun, A. (2010).

Advising Governments in the Westminster Tradition

A comprehensive and comparative analysis of who advises government and how systems of policy advice operate in four Westminster countries.

The Surprise Party

ALSO BY AARON PATRICK Downfall: How the Labor Party Ripped Itself Apart (2013) Credlin & Co.: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself (2016) Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World (2017, with Michael ...

The Surprise Party

In this gripping behind-the-scenes account, acclaimed journalist Aaron Patrick examines how the Coalition came back from the brink, and what that means for Australia. Disunity is said to be death in politics – but not for Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party. The Surprise Party tells how Morrison and his team took their chance and won a remarkable victory. Patrick interviews key insiders to reveal the turning points and the cunning schemes. What did Shorten’s Labor get so wrong? How good is Morrison at plotting? When did the Coalition realise they might win? And is chaos behind them now, or is there more to come? This is the pacy story of how politics was turned on its head – several times.