Reviewed by Ian Lipke
Was there ever a book title more direct than this one by freelance journalist Andrew P. Street? Is there anybody outside of the cast "of supporting characters and dangerous loons" (back cover) who disagrees with Street's judgment on the Abbott years? The period from the fall of the Labor Government in Canberra in August 2013 until Malcolm Turnbull put an end to the farce in 2015 has produced some of the most cringe-worthy aspects of government that this country has ever seen. The subsequent freshness that accompanied the promotion of Malcolm Turnbull as the force that gave us back our dignity, our belief that 'we'll be right now, mate!' is still rocketing around the nation. The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten is now Mr Thirty Percent. He is the forgotten man.