Author(s): Jackie Dickenson
Its not news that Australians dont really trust their politicians and the relationship between politicians and the people who elect them is certainly not warm and cuddly. But as this lively book shows, the crisis of trust has a long history. The path from mutton chop-whiskered colonial politicians to Honest Johnnie and Juliar is a rich and colourful one. span style"line-height: 1.45em;"From the 1850s to the 2013 election, Jackie Dickenson traces the ways in which this animosity has changed or hasnt. While were always being told that cynicism about politics is on the rise, she argues that having blind trust isnt a desirable alternative either. And does the rise of personality politics make it all the medias fault? She asks tough questions, revisits scandals, explores times of trauma and difficulty for the nation, and concludes that Australian voters dont have it too bad.