Trust Me: Australians and their Politicians by Jackie Dickenson

Reviewed by
October 2013, no. 355
Russell Marks reviews 'Trust Me: Australians and their Politicians' by Jackie Dickenson

Trust Me: Australians and their Politicians

by Jackie Dickenson

University of NSW Press, $34.99 pb, 311 pp, 9781742233819

Trust Me: Australians and their Politicians by Jackie Dickenson

Reviewed by
October 2013, no. 355

‘Trust’ between voters and their elected representatives must seem rather arbitrary to politicians, whose success depends on its maintenance. Our simplistic expectations of honesty are belied by the ways in which our subconscious perceptions are herded into different narratives. Julia Gillard was either inherently untrustworthy because she benefited from Kevin Rudd’s political assassination and ‘lied’ about the carbon tax, or she was a victim of appalling sexism and a scheming predecessor. Tony Abbott is either a secretive DLP operative about to turn the clock back half a century and a smarmy would-be womaniser, or a refreshing mix of cheeky larrikin and pragmatic conservative. John Howard was either the greatest liar in modern politics, or the most trusted economic and national security manager in the postwar era.

Russell Marks reviews 'Trust Me: Australians and their Politicians' by Jackie Dickenson

Trust Me: Australians and their Politicians

by Jackie Dickenson

University of NSW Press, $34.99 pb, 311 pp, 9781742233819

From the New Issue

Leave a comment

If you are an ABR subscriber, you will need to sign in to post a comment.

If you have forgotten your sign in details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.