If he had never become Prime Minister, Paul Keating's place in Australian history would still have been assured. He was the Treasurer who deregulated the economy; the weaver of Labour's modern story; its heavy weapon in the parliament. He was also the great enigma - a self-educated boy from Sydney's working class and a defining element of the head-kicking Labour right who loved Paris, Mahler and Second Empire Clocks. Paul Keating did become Prime Minister. In December 1991, he wrested it from Bob Hawke and the bruises from that struggle were part of the baggage he brought to the job; the other parts included the worst recession in 60 years and an electorate determined to make him pay for it. Keating defied the odds and won the 1993 election, and in his four years as Prime Minister set Australia on a new course - towards engagement with Asia, a republic, reconciliation, a social democracy built on a modern export-based economy and sophisticated public system of education and training, health and social security. Widely regarded as a quintessential economic rationalist, Keating's record clearly shows that his vision was infinitely broader and more complex.
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Book Description Random House Australia, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 91835178