In Labor People, Chris Bowen brings to life six great Australians and servants of their party and tells their story. Spanning the 1890s to the 1970s, in paying tribute to these Labor warriors, he also tells an important part of the history of Labor and Australia.
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Chris Bowen is one of Labor’s most experienced parliamentarians. He entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios, including being Treasurer, Shadow Treasurer, Minister for Immigration and Minister for Tertiary Education.
He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party in 2013 and is currently Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.
He has degrees in economics, international relations and the Indonesian language. He is the author of three previous books: Hearts and Minds (2013), The Money Men (2015) and On Charlatans (2021).
He lives in Smithfield in Western Sydney with his wife Rebecca, their children Grace and Max and two very cheeky Labradors Ollie and Toby.
John Faulkner joined the Labor Party as a teenager and worked as a teacher of children with severe disabilities.
In 1980 he became the NSW ALP Assistant General Secretary and then a Senator – from 1989 until his retirement in 2015. He was a cabinet minister in the Keating Government holding the Environment, Sport and Territories portfolio from 1994 to 1996. After the defeat of the Keating Government he was Leader of the Opposition in the Senate until 2004.
John was elected National President of the ALP in 2006 and remained in that position until the election of the Rudd Government.
He served in the Rudd & Gillard Governments – as Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State (2007 to 2009) and then as Minister for Defence (2009 to 2010) until his retirement from cabinet.
Louise Adler is a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University and Publisher at Large for Hachette. She is the proud publisher of four books by Chris Bowen.