As good as it gets in Australian politics. That’s how the Hawke–Keating Government is now widely regarded. But how did this highly able, ambitious, strong-willed group work through its crises and rivalries, and achieve what it did?
Gareth Evans’s diary, written in the mid-1980s and published now for the first time, is the consummate insider’s account. It not only adds much new material to the historical record, but is perceptive, sharp and unvarnished in its judgments, lucidly written, and often highly entertaining.
Gareth Evans was a Cabinet member throughout the Hawke–Keating years, as Attorney-General (1983–84), Minister for Resources and Energy (1984–87), Minister for Transport and Communications (1987–88) and Foreign Minister (1988–96). As Senator for Victoria from 1978 to 1996, he was Deputy Leader (1987–93) then Leader of the Government in the Senate (1993– 96); as Member for Holt (1996–99) he served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 1998. He left Australian politics to become President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000 to 2009, and has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since 2010.