- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
Tales from Boomtown: Western Australian Premiers from Brand to McGowan - Revised and updated edition
Veteran political journalist Peter Kennedy has spent nearly fifty years observing twelve Premiers of Western Australia, across an extraordinary period of change in Western Australia’s history, from 1970 to 2019.
His insider account reveals issues linked with the jailing of two Premiers and a deputy Premier, the ruthless removal of a Premier mid-term, the election of the nation’s first female Premier, and the sensational ‘WA Inc’ Royal Commission.
With his distinctive style of commentary, Kennedy notes how the changes in the twelve Premiers reflect the development of the state, revealing the personal maneouverings linked with a number of key decisions.
Interviewing former Premiers, Prime Ministers and other national figures, the result is a lively book about how politics is played in the boom-bust West, still clearly an economic powerhouse of the twenty first century in Australia.
This updated and revised edition covers Mark McGowan’s first two years as WA Premier after a landslide victory over Colin Barnett in the 2017 state election. It also features a foreword by the ABC’s election analyst, Antony Green, that addresses the need for reform in the Legislative Council.
Praise for Tales from Boomtown:
... integrity and pursuit of high standards ... proved the hallmark of Kennedy’s journalistic career and established him as one of WA’s most respected political commentators.KENT ACOTT, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
[The book] contains more than a few real nuggets of information not previously known ... Kennedy has achieved a difficult task in telling a complex and controversial story.HAL G.P. COLEBATCH, NEWS WEEKLY