“Laura Tingle is probably the country’s finest writer when it comes to sophisticated political analysis” – former ABC managing director Mark Scott
The Australian Financial Review’s political editor Laura Tingle has covered politics, policy and economics from Canberra since 1986, after beginning her career in Sydney reporting on financial deregulation and the float of the dollar. Her book, Chasing the Future – documenting the recession of the early 1990s – was published in 1994.She is also the author of the June 2012 Quarterly Essay “Great Expectations – government, entitlement and an angry nation”, the 2015 Quarterly Essay ‘Political Amnesia – how we forgot to govern”, and the 2017 Black Inc release “In search of good government“. Laura won the Paul Lyneham Award for Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, was shortlisted for the John Button Prize for political writing in 2010 and won Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011. In 2017 she won the EU Qantas Journalism award
| NEW RELEASE: In search of good government by Laura Tingle |
With the politics of rage and resentment dominating many Western nations, including Australia, Laura Tingle’s calm, perceptive analysis is more relevant than ever. What has happened to good government? Can Malcolm Turnbull apply the lessons of the past to put things right? When leaders surf the wave of discontentment all the way to power, how do they deal with our great expectations?
In her crisp, profound and witty essays, Laura Tingle seeks answers to these questions. In Political Amnesia, she ranges from ancient Rome to the demoralised state of the once-great Australian public service, from the jingoism of the past to the tabloid scandals of the internet age. In Great Expectations, Tingle argues that governments can do less since deregulating the economy, but they still talk like they can do more, and we still expect them to do more – leading to anger, frustration and disengagement.
In Search of Good Government also contains a major new essay that analyses Turnbull’s leadership and brings the story up to date.