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message 2: by Antonomasia (new)

Antonomasia | 2629 comments How much do Australian prime ministers as individuals have any say in these awards? It is curious to retain the name if they have none, but I daresay there are reasons for it.


message 3: by Paul (last edited Dec 05, 2018 08:32AM) (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 10289 comments A panel chooses, the PM can choose not to accept their recommendation. In 2014 Abbott was said to have added Richard Flanagan as a joint winner to that chosen by the jury. Although seemingly not for political reasons, since Flanagan had criticised Abbott's energy policies in his post-Booker interviews

https://www.theguardian.com/books/aus...

see also for a more detailed - but rather confusing - account of what happened: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/...


message 4: by Sam (new)

Sam | 1713 comments The Prime Minister has ultimate say according to the awards site. How often that is done I have no knowledge. Judges select shortlists and thei choice for winner as Paul said. Here are this year's judges.

https://www.arts.gov.au/pm-literary-a...


message 5: by David (new)

David Antonomasia wrote: "How much do Australian prime ministers as individuals have any say in these awards? It is curious to retain the name if they have none, but I daresay there are reasons for it."

Even if they had no say, it would be best to think of the PM as the award sponsor, and like corporate sponsors for other awards, they might leave the decision to others.


MisterHobgoblin Hmmm. The judges are very white, aren't they? And the fiction list hardly seems to be pushing new boundaries?


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