Updated 2019 edtion
For those who want to understand Australian politics today —
Why does Australia change its prime ministers so often? Has the job of prime minister become more difficult? It has certainly become more insecure, with six changes in the eleven years between 2007 and 2018. Here is the story of how all twenty-nine former prime ministers lost their jobs.
‘Dr Abjorensen is one of the country’s most astute political commentators and historians. He writes with the depth of insight and authority that only comes with long personal observation, careful reflection and massive research. Prime ministerial departures demonstrate not only much about the individuals concerned—many of whom Dr Abjorensen met during his years as a journalist—they also allow us to glimpse some of the essential features of our political culture.’
– Frank Bongiorno AM FRHistS FASSA
Professor of History, The Australian National University