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Rogue Nation

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This fascinating first-hand account of the phenomenon of One Nation, from within Canberra and outside it, will be compulsory reading for any Australian who cares about their vote.

Reporting from the backrooms and corridors of Parliament House in Canberra to the streets of post-industrial Burnie in Tasmania, the struggling rural communities of Gippsland and the Queensland
Paperback, First, 258 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Hachette Australia (first published November 2017)
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Peter Geyer
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book came to my attention at a stall at a recent book fair in Clunes, a small place just outside Ballarat, a centre of the Victorian Gold Rush of 160 years ago and it came at a very agreeable price.

"Rogue Nation" is a title that can be read in several ways, and all of them might be valid in some way. The people and activities in the book are at the periphery and also the centre of current Australian politics. The author, Royce Kurmelovs, is a working-class boy from north of Adelaide, around
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Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
Kurmelovs provided a book that I even enjoyed to read - it was predominantly anti-Pauline Hanson, a politician I really don't like. Kurmelovs started with other country politics as he watched the news that Trump had won in USA, something which many Australians shivered about. He ended the first chapter with "If Canberra's religion was politics, we were sinners in the hands of angry gods." That comment also gave me shivers.

Hanson took most chapters, and I like how Kurmelovs had written - I don't
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Had not previously read anything by this author, but after reading Rogue Nation - which surpassed all expectations - I reckon Royce Kurmelovs is one of the most important political/social 'voices' in Australia today. Completed the book on the eve of the Queensland state election and regardless of that outcome, the book speaks to everyone. Purchased the book purely because I thought it would cover the 'rogue' element of Australia's parliament, but it's so much more. Australia's Hillbilly Elegy!
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Royce Kurmelovs is an Australian freelance journalist and author of The Death of Holden (2016), Rogue Nation (2017) and Boom and Bust (2018). He lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

"One of Australia’s most important socio-political voices..." - Kill Your Darlings magazine

"...Prolific. Not to mention cutting." - The Advertiser
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