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Geoff Brock

The man who saved a city

Greg Mayfield

Geoff Brock
Love him or hate him there's no denying Geoff Brock has made a name for himself in South Australian politics. As the Independent MP for Frome following his shock win in the 2009 by-election he has represented the city of Port Pirie and those living in the Flinders Ranges, Upper Yorke Peninsula and Clare Valley.

Geoff Brock made a huge impact with his negotiations over the Nyrstar lead smelter, lifeblood of Port Pirie. But his story began many years earlier on the plains of the Mid North, where he roamed with his itinerant worker father who struggled to feed his family.

What is the driving force behind the man who was bullied at school, who overcame a stutter and who, as political kingmaker, eased Premier Jay Weatherill and his team into power? What has he achieved as Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Local Government? And what is his vision for the future?

In this revealing biography, Geoff Brock: The man who saved a city, author Greg Mayfield gets under the skin of this man few know to find a ferociously independent polititian.

'Geoff Brock not only makes a massive contribution to Cabinet, but has been a champion for the regions around South Australia, no more so than for his beloved seat of Frome, and particularly the city of Port Pirie.' - Premier Jay Weatherill

'The scorecard on any objective assessment on innovative relevant economic or social policy in [Geoff Brock's] portfolio is unremarkable. The characteristics that make him likeable don’t necessarily make for a results-driven politician. It is not his fault. He was never that, but people elected him anyway.' - Former Liberal senator Sean Edwards

'Geoff is the Bruce Springsteen of politics - he is doing these extraordinary things, but he still manages to come across as a normal guy.' - Andrew Male, historian and political advisor

Praise for Geoff Brock:
'The Man Who Saved a City is not only a tale of the life (to date) of a sincere and genuine man, but the blueprint, in this writer’s opinion, for what politics truly needs: those who would serve the people, not for their own gain, but for the betterment of all.' - Glen Christie, Glam Adelaide

Greg Mayfield, an award-winning journalist with the Recorder, lives in Port Pirie with his wife Ros, a breast-care nurse. Their son Louis is senior journalist at the Whyalla News.
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Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743055229
Extent 208 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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