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