Tuesday 25 June 2024

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The magazine of the Public Service Association of NSW and the Community and Public Sector Union (NSW Branch)

Dreamers And Schemers

Dreamers And Schemers

A political history of Australia

Frank Bongiorno


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.

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