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Monday Club Lunch with Aaron Patrick, Author of "Credlin & Co. - How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself"

Monday Club Lunch with guest speaker Aaron Patrick, author of "Credlin & Co. - How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself"

Aaron Patrick is deputy editor of The Australian Financial Review, with primary responsibility for editing the front page. He is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and was previously a staff correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in London. He has a masters in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. His first book was Downfall, How the Labor Party Ripped Itself Apart.

Date: Monday 18 April

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: Union Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

Price: $30.00, includes sandwich lunch & coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Credlin & Co.
How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself

Aaron Patrick

Credlin was Abbott’s enforcer, his disciplinarian, his counsellor, his brain, his mother. Her strength as a chief of staff was a sign of his weakness as a prime minister: she gave him the option of disengaging. Credlin allowed Abbott to be who he wanted to be: the good bloke, the philosopher, the weekend fire-fighter, the surfer, the orator, the man of action. If Abbott was a natural leader, it could have worked. But he lacked the most important attribute of all: judgement.

Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, ran a brilliant campaign in opposition. But their approach led to disaster in government.

When Abbott became prime minister, he and Credlin ruthlessly controlled ministers, backbenchers, the public service and the media. They shut out voices that questioned Abbott’s way. Everything started to unravel.

Credlin & Co. is the story of a relationship that determined the fate of a government. It shows in stunning detail the disastrous consequences of power abused, and the broken people left in its wake.

Praise for Credlin & Co.:

‘As post-mortems about politics go, this one's a thriller: if s got power, intrigue, betrayal and downfall.’ —Australian Financial Review Magazine

‘a compelling study … for anyone looking for an introduction to this strange and disappointing period in Australian politics, this is a good place to start.’ —Weekend Australian