Tales from the Political Trenches

Maxine McKew in conversation with Geraldine Doogue

Co-presented with Gleebooks and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney

13 November

At the 2007 federal election former journalist Maxine McKew won a spectacular victory against John Howard and wrote herself into Australian political history as only the second candidate to have ever defeated a sitting prime minister in his constituency seat. She was part of the Kevin ’07 juggernaut, which dismissed the Howard Government after eleven years of power. She believed in the ideas and aspirations of the Labor Party leader, Kevin Rudd. But then his own party brought him, as a first term Prime Minister, down.

In her new book Tales from the Political Trenches, Maxine brings a reporter’s eye and an insider’s knowledge to her, until now, untold story. She combines a personal tale of change with an up-close account of one of the most tumultuous periods in modern Australian politics. She discusses this and more with ABC journalist Geraldine Doogue.

Maxine McKew

Maxine McKew had a thirty-year career as a broadcast and print journalist before moving to politics. She hosted ABC Lateline in the mid 1990s, and later was the part-time anchor of 7.30 Report. Her television reporting has been recognised by her peers with both Logie and Walkley Awards for broadcast excellence, and her print journalism included a column that ran from 1999 to 2004 in The Bulletin magazine ‘Lunch with Maxine McKew’. She currently works as an advisor on education to the not for profit group Social Ventures Australia. She is also Chair of Playgroup Australia, is a member of the board of Per Capita, is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Macquarie University’s School of Advanced Medicine and is an ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia.


Gleebooks will have copies of Tales from the Trenches available for sale at the venue, and Maxine McKew will sign books after her conversation.