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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Tingle is political editor of the Australian Financial Review. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the John Button Prize for political writing. She appears regularly on Radio National’s Late Night Live and ABC-TV’s Insiders.

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Australians are disenchanted with politics and politicians. Laura Tingle shows that the answer goes to something deep in Australian culture.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Tingle argues that politicians have boosted expectations in their vote-buying techniques and that the power of state paternalism, long embedded in our political culture, is alive and well. She is right on both counts.

Paul Kelly, The Australian

Eloquent and insightful ... a brilliant analysis.

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