- By Rob Oakeshott

The Independent Member for Lyne

  • Title: The Independent Member for Lyne
  • Author: Rob Oakeshott
  • ISBN: 9781743319314
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Independent Member for Lyne Passionate vivid and immediate and full of insights this is Rob Oakeshott s honest and real story of life in Australian politics From his apprenticeship in the NSW parliament to the last days of th

    Passionate, vivid and immediate, and full of insights, this is Rob Oakeshott s honest and real story of life in Australian politics From his apprenticeship in the NSW parliament to the last days of the Gillard government, he tells it as it was.When the results of the 2010 federal election became known, no party had a majority in the House of Representatives it was the fiPassionate, vivid and immediate, and full of insights, this is Rob Oakeshott s honest and real story of life in Australian politics From his apprenticeship in the NSW parliament to the last days of the Gillard government, he tells it as it was.When the results of the 2010 federal election became known, no party had a majority in the House of Representatives it was the first hung parliament for forty years So, both the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, set about wooing the Independents Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott, Bob Katter and Andrew Wilkie and Adam Bandt of the Greens In the end, Julia Gillard stitched together an agreement to form government When it was announced, famously there was talk of a kinder, gentler polity That lasted for about one day.Rob Oakeshott, in this very candid and compelling memoir, relates the events leading up to this agreement and what happened thereafter when he and Windsor, in particular, proved themselves to be stauncher supporters of Julia Gillard than many of her party colleagues He remembers moments of celebration and incidents of perfidy But above all, we get to meet close up and personal the man who played such an important role in the forty third parliament.

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    1. 5★After the tied 2010 Australian federal election, Rob Oakeshott was stunned to find himself the centre of so much attention “having survived years considered a ‘bottom-feeder’ by the national media, due to its perception that Independents are irrelevant flies on the wall of democracy.” Flies no more!Oakeshott and Tony Windsor were the last two members to announce which party they would support to form government. While it took 17 days to count the outstanding votes, they were allowed [...]

    2. A wonderful insight into the forty-third parliament, and Rob Oakeshott. Worth a read and some contemplation about the types of policies we'd like to see in order to improve Australia. I have a great regard for Rob Oskeshott, he has always struck me as a person of integrity who valued good policy and fairness over political gamesmanship. His memoir certainly cements that idea in my mind, especially some of the surprise he expressed at the behaviour of the News Ltd press and LNP MPs. Oskeshott cle [...]

    3. In 1996 when I was 14, I went to a Careers Expo at the local RSL club. It was all about showcasing options for young people and at the time, my town didn’t have a university. You had to go almost three hours south or four hours west or a few hours north to do that. I got my nails done, got lots of pamphlets and got to meet the newly elected state member for my electorate……Rob Oakeshott. At the time he was about 25 and quite popular with the gaggle of teenage girls at the Expo, who followed [...]

    4. In my younger day when politicians had a degree of integrity and a commitment to their party’s ideals I would read political biographies vicariously. In the recent past, because of the character of most politicians in the modern era I have avoided their rumblings. With Rob Oakeshott’s “Independent Member for Lyne” I made an exception. I lived on the mid North coast and watched Oakeshott from near by. In the local media and in person he always appeared as a sincere and honest person. He w [...]

    5. This recent memoir serves as Oakshott's personal record of his time as a parliamentarian, predominately his time as an Independent of the 43rd Parliament of Australia. Reflecting on both his political journey as well as the toll this position took on his personal life and his family, Oakshott writes candidly about what he saw as the strengths and weaknesses of both the major parties, their leaders and the legislation that was enacted during this time. Although his support determined the governin [...]

    6. A fascinating book about the inner workings of Australian democracy, reflected through the 43rd parliament. Australian journalism, in particular, but also most aspects of the process do not come across as very nobleIt's an easy read and I learnt a lot, even though I consider myself reasonably knowledgable about the political process. I would recommend this to other Australians interested in politics.

    7. Honest account of recent events in Australian political life, coming from an honest man and an excellent MP who delivered for his electorate. He tried his best to set higher standards in political discourse. Loved his insights and observations.

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