Skipping the early bits of the book which are really about how good sense, good friends and a lot of good luck prevented me, with my conservative background, from becoming a Queensland version of John Howard the proportions of A Figure of Speech don’t really reflect the importance of the achievements of the respective leaders or governments I have served although I do hope that at the end I have reaffirmed the enduring and contemporary importance of the Hawke and Keating Governments. The proportions, however, do reflect the degree to which I was involved, or could believe that I was centrally involved, in their successes and sometimes, as I try to convey, what are perceived to be their mistakes.
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