The Wran era: ‘A sometimes volatile period’


It will surprise no-one who lived in New South Wales during the 1970s and 1980s that a book called The Wran Era focuses almost completely on Neville Wran. It may be a cliché to say that as Premier from 1976 to 1986, Wran dominated state politics in ways that no-one could have predicted before he became parliamentary leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP). Still, clichés express truths, and even readers who remember the period with less enthusiasm than that shown by many contributors to this volume will be interested to know exactly how Wran achieved and exercised such tremendous power. Tony Smith reviews Troy Bramston's edited collection 'The Wran Era'.

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