Betrayal : The Underbelly Of Australian Labor by Simon Benson

by |June 2, 2010

A story that some in the Australian Labor Party would prefer to keep buried. But to others, including former Labor giants, it’s a story that needs telling.

BETRAYAL is a shocking, often crude, even hilarious war-story about politics, policy and petty personal ambition.

More important, its about the train wreck of the NSW Labor Party & the policy reform framework that past Labor leaders fought hard to make it stand for.

What the Press is Saying:

“an extraordinary book…meticulously detailed…I couldn’t put it down…an absolutely gripping story.” Alan Jones, Radio 2GB

“An accurate portrayal…I had a…deal with the Prime Minister and it should have been honoured.” – Morris Iemma, former NSW Premier

“a portrayal of the dirty world of politics…secret meetings and broken promises…” – Steve Liebmann, Radio 2UE

“an outstanding read…” – Ray Hadley, Radio 2GB

“an explosive tell-all book…” – The Daily Telegraph

” …probably be the best-selling political insider’s account in years” – Vexnews

“A ripper book” – Michael Smith, Radio 4BC Drive

Award-winning journalist Simon Benson is chief national political reporter for Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph, where he has worked since 1994.

During the events that led to the collapse of NSW’s Iemma government, one of the State’s most turbulent political periods, Simon was The Daily Telegraph’s NSW political editor, and also president of the NSW Parliamentary Press Gallery.

A former environment editor, Simon won the Australian Eureka Prize in 2001 for environmental journalism.

He grew up in Melbourne and studied philosophy before completing a postgraduate degree in journalism.

Simon is married to SBS journalist Peta-Jane Madam and lives in Sydney’s inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo.

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John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at

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