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  • Quarterly Essay 93: Bad Cop

  • Peter Dutton’s Strongman Politics
  • By: Lech Blaine
  • Narrated by: Angus McGruther
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Quarterly Essay 93: Bad Cop

By: Lech Blaine
Narrated by: Angus McGruther
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Who is Peter Dutton, and what happened to the Liberal Party? In Bad Cop, Lech Blaine traces the making of a hardman – from Queensland detective to leader of the Opposition, from property investor to minister for Home Affairs. This is a story of ambition, race and power, and a politician with a plan.

Dutton became Liberal leader with a strategy to win outer-suburban and regional seats from Labor. Since then we have seen his demolition of the Voice and a rolling campaign of culture wars. What does Peter Dutton know about the Australian electorate? Has he updated Menzies’ Forgotten People pitch for the age of anxiety, or will he collapse the Liberals’ broad church? This revelatory portrait is sardonic, perceptive and altogether compelling.

“Dutton doesn't need to become prime minister to redraw the battle lines of Australian politics. His fight with Albanese over parochial voters was always going to drag the political conversation rightwards: on race, immigration, gender and the pace of a transition away from fossil fuels … Dutton’s raison d’être? Make Australia Afraid Again. Then he will offer himself as the lesser of two evils. A serious strongman for the age of anxiety.”—Lech Blaine, Bad Cop.

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Excellent dissection of a man's motivations

Lech Blaine did a great job in unpacking the psyche of Peter Dutton to reveal what drives him. An absolute must read ahead of next year's election.

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Speaks to both sides

Well written, well read. Talks of Peter’s family history and his own life experiences and resulting beliefs. Rides the see-saw of pro and con. Good to listen to. Thanks

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The historical context and hypocrisy

This gives a deep insight into Australia politics. Interesting history of how politicians play the masses

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So disappointing and Biased

I have read all the previous editions on Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbot and others. Kind of mini biographies of the different PMs. They were good and comprehensive. This one is just so biased and Shallow. Disappointing!

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