Father and sons

7 Oct 2012

The political and the personal illuminate each other in James Button’s fine account of a year in Canberra, writes Brett Evans in Inside Story

NOT long after his father died, the journalist James Button realised he had entered that part of life when the years behind you begin to number more than those ahead. As such realisations often do, it unsettled him. Some men buy a European car, others start looking up old girlfriends on Facebook. Button took a different, less trodden, path.

When a job offer appeared out of the blue, he left the world of journalism, where he had worked – and thrived – for over twenty years and joined the Australian Public Service as a speechwriter in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Button didn’t buy an Alfa Romeo; he went to work for Kevin Rudd…

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