The former Labor member for Bennelong, Maxine McKew, speaks about the nature of political debate, the overthrow of Kevin Rudd and the state of the Labor Party today.
McKew’s book, Tales from the Political Trenches, is released this weekend. McKew has given this interview to Fairfax’s Michael Gordon. Fairfax newspapers today carry extracts from the book.
McKew laments the decline of political debate and says the next election is looming as a “contest of fears”. She says the Labor leadership was decisively settled last February but calls for a “settlement” with Kevin Rudd. She ponders whether Labor can pull off a 1993-style come-from-behind win.