At the NSW state election in 2011, the public turned on the 16-year-old Labor administration with unprecedented fury. The Government that had won spectacular victories in 1999 and 2003 was defeated with a swing that was an Australian postwar record. How did it manage to stay in power for four terms? What were its achievements and why did things unravel so badly?
In From Carr to Keneally respected experts analyse the four terms of Labor government in NSW: the premiers and their ministers, the political parties and their electoral fortunes; the role of independents; policies in all key areas; and changes in the bureaucracy, cabinet and parliament.
The definitive account of the Labor era in NSW, From Carr to Keneally goes to the heart of issues which Labor faces around Australia at both state and federal levels.
DR DAVID CLUNE OAM is the NSW Parliament's Historian and an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He is co-author of Decision and Deliberation: the Parliament of New South Wales, 1856-2003 and co-editor of The Premiers of New South Wales, 1856-2005. RODNEY SMITH is an Associate Professor in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and author of several books on Australian politics, including Against the Machines: Minor Parties and Independents in New South Wales 1910-2006.