A political history of Australia
La Trobe University Press
Historian Frank Bongiorno presents a history of how Australia has been governed, including a detailed look at the Aboriginal political systems in place before European settlement in the country.
Professor Bongiorno goes into great detail about the role the union movement had in Australia’s nascent, post-European development. From the election of pro- worker MPs to colonial legislatures in the 19th century through to leftward swing in 2022, the labour movement has had an important role in Australian politics.
Four hundred pages of political history sounds a bit much for readers to digest, yet Professor Bongiorno has uncovered enough larger- than-life characters to produce an entertaining read.