‘Think global, act local’

Cathy McGowan’s colourful political memoir
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January–February 2021, no. 428
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Cathy Goes to Canberra: Doing politics differently by Cathy McGowan

Monash University Press, $29.95 pb, 280 pp

‘Think global, act local’

Cathy McGowan’s colourful political memoir
by
January–February 2021, no. 428

‘Orange balloons. Orange streamers. Orange shirts.’ Cathy McGowan’s memoir is saturated and literally wrapped in the colour. Cathy Goes to Canberra begins with an account of the election of her independent successor as Member for Indi, Dr Helen Haines, in May 2019 – ‘with orange everywhere’.

For McGowan, this hue was a symbolic way of differentiating herself and her model of politics from Australia’s major parties. Orange, of course, has been used by other minor parties, such as Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, perhaps with similar differential intent, but with dramatically different effect. Rather than instigating fear or disquiet, orange is McGowan’s way of infusing ‘a little bit of optimism’ in our public discourse.

Joshua Black reviews 'Cathy Goes to Canberra: Doing politics differently' by Cathy McGowan

Cathy Goes to Canberra: Doing politics differently

by Cathy McGowan

Monash University Press, $29.95 pb, 280 pp

Buy this book

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