Lesley van Schoubroeck: The Lure of Politics

Gallop’s time

Clement Macintyre


The Lure of Politics: Geoff Gallop’s Government 2001–2006
by Lesley van Schoubroeck
UWA Publishing, $34.95 pb, 303 pp, 9781742580692


A few months after the 2010 federal election, Geoff Gallop delivered the annual Hawke Lecture at the University of South Australia. In an address focused upon political engagement, he canvassed some possible reforms to the Australian political system. Among a number of other proposals, he called for appointments to Cabinet from outside the parliaments. As he explained, ‘our current method for producing Cabinets is putting too great an emphasis on politics and not enough on creative administration.’

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Published in February 2011 no. 328
Clement Macintyre

Clement Macintyre

Clement Macintyre is Head of the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide. He has research interests in British and Australian politics and political history, and has recently published papers on South Australian political history and Australian Constitutional structures. He is a regular media commentator on Australian State and national politics.

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