Politics, coming out of the woods March 20, 2017 – Posted in: Blog, Politics

You know how when you move things around at home, lost and forgotten gems will pop out at you. You end up finding all these precious treasures. Well that exactly what’s happened at the bookshop this week. We knew the children’s area needed a bigger better space but the benefits to the other sections of the bookshop really were not very clear. The selection of books at Books of Buderim has always been extensive but these wonderful books can sometimes get lost in sections that are unclear and signage vague. All this week we have been resorting sections and moving things around. It’s a work in progress as we fine tune the final details of the move, but it is looking excellent. I can happily say quite a few sections have been allowed to shine in a way I haven’t seen them before. Spending some time in the Politics, Science, Environment and Current affairs sections yesterday, I noticed what a wonderful mix of topics represented here. I surprised myself with the variety of topics available through these sections. As Buderim and Sunshine Coast residents are such a learned bunch, these books have such terrific relevance for us all. These books are not only grouped well together now but are also excitingly listed on the Books of Buderim Website under these categories. The website offers shopping online but more importantly the opportunity to click and collect. Don’t miss out on that gem of a book, just press click and collect and it’s yours.


I wanted to showcase a few of these sections over the coming weeks and if your reading this on email, keep coming back to the blog so you can see the new articles showcasing these sections. Today I’ll start with politics as its very topical and important for Australians, Don’t be scared, this is Australian politics and Donald Trump is not to be found in this section. We do have a few funnies on him though. Come and explore some more at https://booksofbuderim.circlesoft.net/c/politics



Lets start with:


Crocs in the Cabinet By Ben Smee


In the Top End, politics is not a numbers game, it is a blood sport. In comparison to Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and Turnbull, the goings on in the Northern Territory parliament are like watching troop of monkeys throw faeces at one another. CROCS IN THE CABINET is a partly a serious political book, partly a riotous look at the characters, the scandals and the incompetence of Northern Territory politics. It will make you laugh, cry, wince and shake your head as you read of: – ministers with strip club bills – a masturbating minister and the lewd videos he sent someone other than his wife – why a minister shouted ‘we are in love’ on the floor of the parliament – how the chief minister stared down a coup – how an MP forced the evacuation of a hotel – why an MP went fishing instead of dealing with leadership matters – exactly how bonkers the NT parliament really is Written by two of the NT NEWS’S best journalists, Walkley award-winning Ben Smee and award-winning Christopher A Walsh, this is FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL meets BASIL FAWLTY.


And now lets get serious


Keating By Kerry O’Brien


Paul Keating is widely credited as the chief architect of the most significant period of political and economic reform in Australia’s history. Twenty years on, there is still no story from the horse’s mouth of how it all came about. No autobiography. No memoir. Yet he is the supreme story-teller of politics…This book of revelations fills the gap. Kerry O’Brien, the consummate interviewer who knew all the players and lived the history, has spent many long hours with Keating, teasing out the stories, testing the memories and the assertions…What emerges is a treasure trove of anecdotes, insights, reflections and occasional admissions from one of the most loved and hated political leaders we have known-a man who either led or was the driving force through thirteen years of Labor government that changed the face of Australia…This is a man who as prime minister personally negotiated the sale of a quarter of the government-owned Qantas in his own office for $665 million, then delighted in watching the buyer’s hand shake so much that champagne spilt down his shirtsleeve. He tells of his grave moment of doubt after making one of the riskiest calls of his political life, and how he used an acupuncturist and a television interviewer to seize the day…There are many stories of this kind. The revealing inside stories and even glimpses of insecurities that go with the wielding of power, from a man who had no fear collecting his share of enemies and ended up with more than enough, but whose parliamentary performances from 25 years ago are watched avidly on YouTube today by a generation that was either not yet born or in knee pants when he was at his peak…We’ll never get an autobiography or a memoir from Keating. This is as good as it gets-funny, sweeping, angry, imaginative, mischievous, with arrogance, a glimmer of humility and more than a touch of creative madness. Keating unplugged…


And who doesn’t appreciate a time gone legend:


Not Just for This Life : Gough Whitlam Remembered by Wendy Guest


Not Just For This Life is a salute and tribute to Gough Whitlam, commemorating what would have been his 100th birthday. Upon his death in October 2014 there was a national outpouring of grief and affectionate remembrances across the nation. This book includes condolences from politicians of all political stripes; eulogies from the State Memorial Service and a selection of messages of condolence from the men and women of Australia. Not Just For This Life also includes a foreword by Graham Freudenberg and short introductions by Laurie Oakes, Anita Heiss, Geraldine Doogue, Don Watson, Patricia Hewitt, Nick Whitlam and Tim Soutphommasane where they tell their stories of the period following Gough’s death and their experiences with Gough.


Rebecca hints at  where we are moving forward to in 21st of politics, this one is on my ‘to read’ pile.


Books of Buderim stocks Still Lucky

Still Lucky: Why you should feel optimistic about Australia and its people by Rebecca Huntley

At a time when politics seems increasingly negative and our society increasingly divided, Still Lucky shows that we are more fortunate than we think, and have more in common than we know.

‘The essential work on the Australian people in the twenty-first century.’ George Megalogenis

At a time when politics seems increasingly negative and our society increasingly divided, Still Lucky shows that we are more fortunate than we think, and have more in common than we know.

Rebecca Huntley, one of Australia’s most experienced and knowledgeable social researchers, wants to break through all the noise and make you feel better about this country and the people around you. Our politicians are becoming more conservative, both in their policies and their ambitions for the country, but the Australian people – almost all of us – want to see real social change. We are more generous and more progressive, and more alike, than we think we are – and we are better than our day-today political discourse would suggest.

Huntley has spent years travelling the country, getting to know what’s in our hearts and minds. Here she tackles the biggest social questions facing Australia now: Why do we fear asylum seekers? Why are women still underpaid and overworked? Why do we over-parent? Why do we worry even though we are lucky?

Still Lucky is a broad-ranging, wise and compelling look at who we are now and where we are heading in the future, from someone who knows what Australians are really thinking.

‘Here it is: Australia, with all our dreams and fears laid bare. A lucid and intimate portrait of the nation today.’ David Marr

‘It turns out that if you actually sit and listen, as Huntley does for a living, Australians remain a fascinating, open, perceptive and pragmatic lot.’ Laura Tingle