Publication Date: Oct 2024
RRP: $39.99
ISBN: 9781922979810
Format: Paperback
Size: 153mm x 234mm
Pages: 304pp (288pp + 16pp image block)
Category: Biography, Coming Soon, Memoir, Politics

Race Mathews

A Life in Politics

Iola Mathews

This item will be released October 1, 2024

A fascinating biography of one of Australia’s most respected and well-regarded politicians.

An idealist as well as a pragmatist, and someone who believes passionately in equality, democracy and empowerment, Race Mathews has inspired and mentored many.

Race was principal private secretary to Gough Whitlam in the lead-up to Whitlam’s election as prime minister, then an MP in the Whitlam government, and later served as Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Community Services.

Race Mathews: A Life in Politics is the biography of a politician, academic, author and reformer, tracing the life of Race from childhood and his political awakenings to working for fellow Fabian and great mentor, Gough Whitlam, in ‘the most tumultuous, and by far the most rewarding’ time of his career. His key successes include helping to develop Medibank (later Medicare) policies, conducting a major review of the police force, gun control, improving disaster management after the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires, opening the Arts Centre on Southbank and establishing the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Drawing on a memoir Race began, but did not finish, and interviews, articles, speeches, books and her own diaries, Iola Mathews, journalist, author and Race’s partner for over fifty years, provides personal insight into the life and work of one of our most highly respected politicians.


Iola Mathews

Iola Mathews OAM is an author, co-founder of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, and a former journalist at The Age. Later she worked at the ACTU as an industrial officer and advocate, specialising in women’s employment, and was the advocate in...
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