November 3, 2011

Monthly Wire

November 2011 Editor’s Note

By Monthly Wire
November 2011 Editor’s Note

It's hard to see Julia Gillard as a leader in more than name – seemingly incapable of setting the political agenda, she lacks the respect of much of the ALP's most ardent support base. Increasingly over the past year I'd hoped we would find a reason to feature Paul Keating on the magazine's cover. His commitment to big ideas as treasurer and PM, his fearless carriage of unpopular reforms, his unique charisma and unmatched wit, take on an especially golden hue given the present vacuum of political leadership.

With the publication this month of a collection of his post-prime ministerial speeches, we asked George Megalogenis to reflect on Keating's legacy and its lessons for the current crop of leaders in Canberra. Keating's rare public interventions often suggest the nursing of disappointments and grievances, but he should relax: no ALP leader since has come close to rivalling him as an effective communicator of ambitious policy, and no one – sadly – looks set to do so soon.

The November Monthly also features two of the sharpest minds to have served in the Rudd/Gillard government, with Lindsay Tanner and Maxine McKew offering two very different perspectives on political reform.

Ben Naparstek
Editor

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