Last night, I launched Chris Aulich’s edited book on the Gillard Governments at the University of Canberra.
Launch of Chris Aulich (ed), The Gillard Governments
University of Canberra
30 January 2014
Andrew Leigh MP
I acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, on whose lands we meet today.
It is a pleasure to be launching Chris Aulich’s edited book The Gillard Governments, the eleventh in the ‘Commonwealth Administration Series’ that has chronicled federal governments back to 1983. The title is plural: referring to Prime Minister Gillard’s Government at the end of the 42nd parliament and for much of the 43rd parliament.
As well as being a pleasure to launch this book, it’s also an honour. The editor presumably chose me because of one of the two records that I set during the 43rd parliament. During that parliament, I served for 99 days as a parliamentary secretary in the Gillard Government, making me the shortest-serving executive member of that government. According to the Guinness Book of Records, people have spent more time in space, as a hostage, travelling by taxi and living in a hotel, than I spent in the executive. The other record is that during the 43rd parliament, I published two books (one on social capital, the other on inequality).
Or perhaps the honour of today’s invitation is due to the fact that I’m the local MP representing the University of Canberra, which has produced these Commonwealth Administration Series books for over thirty years.
This being Canberra, I can count among the book’s 24 contributors people who have been my boss, my co-worker, and my research assistant.
They are an impressive group, who bring expertise in policy and politics to bear in analysing the Gillard Governments.
If there is a general message that comes out of the policy analysis in this book, it is that Labor can count a significant number of legislative achievements under Julia Gillard’s Prime Ministership. Continue reading ‘Launching a book on the Gillard Governments’ »