ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Tingle is chief political correspondent for ABC-TV’s 7.30. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011. She is the author of Chasing the Future: Recession, Recovery and the New Politics in Australia and three acclaimed Quarterly Essays, Great Expectations, Political Amnesia and Follow the Leader.

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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.

Canberra Times

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