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Paul Strangio

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Monash University

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Paul Strangio is a senior lecturer in Australian Politics at Monash University. He is a political historian with a particular interest in political parties and leadership. He is the author and editor of several books on Australian politics, including Keeper of the Faith: A Biography of Jim Cairns (2002), The Victorian Premiers, 1856-2006 (2006) [with Brian Costar], No, Prime Minister: Reclaiming Politics from Leaders (2007) [with James Walter), and Confusion: The Making of the Australian Two-Party System (2009) [with Nick Dyrenfurth]. Paul has also been a frequent commentator on Australian and Victorian state politics in both the electronic and print media.


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19 Sep 2017

Malcolm Turnbull was interviewed late last month on the ABC’s flagship news current affairs program, 7.30. It wasn’t pretty viewing. Turnbull responded to host Leigh Sales’ interrogation through gritted teeth. He tetchily accused her of being “negative”: of only wanting “to talk about politics...

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03 Apr 2016

Across the globe voters are losing faith in political parties - from both the left and the right. But why do we have parties and was there ever a time when politicians were independent and not bound by party rules?

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Stephen Ingle - Professor History and...

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31 Jul 2014

A panel of experts discuss political leadership

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14 Apr 2008

John Button (right) and Clyde Cameron helped get Labor into shape for electoral success, writes PAUL STRANGIO.

IN THE past month, the Labor Party has lost two of its twentieth century luminaries: Clyde Cameron and John Button. In many ways the two men were chalk and...

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16 Oct 2007

IN HIS 1960s classic, The Lucky Country, Donald Horne characterised Robert Menzies, then at the fag end of his record-breaking post-war incumbency, as a prime minister becalmed - the tide of events was running away from him. Horne’s Menzies was a foreigner in his own kingdom as...

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02 Oct 2007

Four key concerns must be addressed to protect the integrity of the service, according to JAMES WALTER and PAUL STRANGIO.

THE Australian Public Service has a proud record. In the mid-1980s A.F. Davies observed an organisation engaged in “steady, cautious and constant...

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25 Sep 2007

What will be the legacy of the Howard years, ask JAMES WALTER and PAUL STRANGIO in this extract from their new book, No, Prime Minister:...

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14 Sep 2006

Have Australians lost faith in a politics that is larger than themselves, asks Paul Strangio

REFUGEES from an earlier political era, Paul Keating and Jeff Kennett occasionally lunch together. Presumably the former prime minister and premier dwell on past achievements,...

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18 Jul 2006

The longer a government remains in power, the less it is willing to be accountable, writes PAUL STRANGIO

THE John Howard-Peter Costello leadership rivalry is moving towards a denouement of sorts. While the outcome is unpredictable, it is worth posing a question that goes beyond...

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