Keating and His Party Room
Keating and His Party Room is the first comprehensive account of a full term of the proceedings of the Labor Party Room—the Caucus—where the Party’s actions and performance in the Parliament are closely scrutinised and debated.
Jim Snow became Chair of the Caucus following Labor’s win at the 1993 federal election. Prime Minister Paul Keating suggested the appointment of the factionally unaligned MP and the Caucus unanimously endorsed it. As Chair, he was perfectly placed to observe the deliberations of a body that Keating has called ‘the supreme authority of the government’.
The Hawke and Keating economic and rationalisation policies of the 1980s and 1990s are now widely recognised as having been crucial for Australia’s future development, and they were combined with important social, environmental and industry reforms. This book covers the second Keating government, which was in power from 1993 to 1996.