Politics, Protest, Pandemic: The year that changed Australia

Politics, Protest, Pandemic: The year that changed Australia

by Eddy Jokovich, David Lewis
Politics, Protest, Pandemic: The year that changed Australia

Politics, Protest, Pandemic: The year that changed Australia

by Eddy Jokovich, David Lewis


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2020 was one of the most dramatic years in human history, shaped by the coronavirus pandemic that influenced society in so many different ways, combining health, politics, economics, business and education into the one sphere-and that proved to be difficult for many governments around the world to manage.

Politics, Protest, Pandemic: The year that changed Australia is the story of the year in Australian federal politics, told through a collection of extended political essays from the New Politics Australia podcast series.

This is a must-read analysis of one of the most dynamic years ever in Australian political history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648164487
Publisher: New Politics
Publication date: 04/21/2021
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Eddy Jokovich is editor of New Politics, and co-presenter of the monthly New Politics Australia podcast. He has worked as a journalist, publisher, author, political analyst, campaigner, war correspondent, and lecturer in media studies at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Sydney; has a wide range of experience working in editorial and media production work and is Director of ARMEDIA, a publishing and communications company specialising in public interest media.

David Lewis is co-presenter of the monthly New Politics Australia podcast, historian, musicologist, musician and political scientist based in Sydney. His lecturing and research interests include roots music, popular music, Australian, UK and US politics and crime fiction. He has published in Music Forum Australia, Eureka Street, Quadrant, Crikey and has edited several books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Politics, Protest, Pandemic

  1. Corruption as the new normal in federal politics
  2. Continuing politicisation of the Australian Federal Police
  3. Reforming Australian politics and improving democracy
  4. The coronavirus appears: How will it affect the economy?
  5. Breaking conventions and what it means for democracy
  6. Is the media slowly turning against the Prime Minister?
  7. A failure of government
  8. The end of neoliberalism but what will replace it?
  9. The mysterious case of the Ruby Princess
  10. Politics and coronavirus: The issues flying under the radar
  11. Pell Mal
  12. Government performance during the coronavirus crisis
  13. The bigger picture of the Turnbull and Murdoch battle
  14. Back to school and the vexed question of opening up
  15. It's on: The Eden-Monaro byelection
  16. Mismanaging the relationship with China
  17. The bad luck of being in opposition during a crisis
  18. When will black lives matter?
  19. Morrison: He's no Bob Hawke
  20. The cruel and brutal RoboDebt scheme
  21. The closure of Murdoch's regional newspapers
  22. Branch stacking in Victoria
  23. Opening up too quickly
  24. The new McCarthyism in Australia
  25. Barbarians at the gate and reaching for their guns
  26. Are we really all in this together?
  27. Reading the tea leaves in Eden-Monaro
  28. The release of the Palace Letters
  29. A prime minister at the football: Let's drink to that
  30. The ghosts of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan
  31. Coronavirus politics fails to act in the public interest
  32. The ongoing scandals in New South Wales
  33. COVID-style shape shifting and blame games
  34. Stimulus support and the post-pandemic economy
  35. When money means absolutely everything in Canberra
  36. The return of Parliament and a crisis in aged care
  37. The continuing saga of Australia's border wars
  38. An international infrastructure program gets a belting
  39. The interfering vested interests
  40. Recycled political stories that are too good to be true
  41. Chaos and corruption in the Coalition
  42. The NBN revisited
  43. Unrealistic Budget expectations and lost opportunities
  44. Albanese and his Budget Reply
  45. The Morrison recession
  46. The continuing corruption in New South Wales
  47. Investigating News Corporation
  48. Going postal: A deflection to cover up corruption
  49. The end of Trump and a change for Australian politics
  50. Sex in the city and the private lives of politicians
  51. A Queensland victory for sensibility and decency
  52. Murdoch petition sealed and delivered
  53. Not flying the Indigenous flag
  54. Mr Morrison goes to Tokyo and returns empty handed
  55. Cormann takes on the OECD
  56. Pizza lockdown in South Australia
  57. Afghanistan and the political killing season
  58. The hard right-wing agenda and bad habits
  59. Labor's lack of success since federation
  60. A most dramatic year in politics
  61. Incumbency and the year ahead
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