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The Professionals: Strategy, Money and the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia

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Stephen Mills

Stephen Mills is the author of the pioneering study The New Machine Men (1986). He also wrote The Hawke Years (1993), dealing with the prime ministership of Bob Hawke, for whom he worked as speechwriter from 1986 to 1991. He is a …

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Praise for The Professionals

‘The inside story of our political parties: how the dark arts shape electoral outcomes.’ —Lindsay Tanner

‘This book combines narrative verve with the accumulation of an impressive body of primary evidence.’ —Australian

‘Mills touches on leaks, celebrity candidates and the pressure to donate; all part of the campaigners world and …a good read. He goes into the minds of significant figures in politics and delivers’ —Ian Smith

‘A remarkably well researched history of the back room of Australian politics…Mills has made an important contribution’ —Dennis Atkins


‘A very revealing insight into the backrooms of Australian politics.’ —Michelle Grattan