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Seven Leaders in Camelot

Thirty turbulent years of politics: an insider's story

Martin Hamilton-Smith

Seven Leaders in Camelot
Martin Hamilton-Smith uses the lens of a life spent as a soldier, businessman and politician to interpret the rise and fall of seven South Australian leaders over thirty turbulent years. It is a history of statesmanship, honour and duty, high ideals, aspiration and outstanding political success. It is also a story of failure, dashed hopes, betrayal, scheming and deception.

If these events unfolded in Washington or London, they might be the subject of a Hollywood political drama, but this is a South Australian story, with national implications. Seven Leaders in Camelot offers a unique perspective from a controversial former senior minister, taking us inside the Cabinet rooms of both major political parties during their times in government.

Praise for Seven Leaders in Camelot
'It is rare to be afforded the opportunity to delve into the inside of South Australian politics. In this book we are rewarded with the unique experience of the multi-dimensional Martin Hamilton-Smith. When a soldier comes to party politics and ends up serving both sides of the chamber we are assured a nuanced and provocative set of insights, quite likely to ruffle a few political feathers!' - Associate Professor Haydon Manning, Flinders University

'Having been leader of the Liberal Party before serving as an independent Minister in a Labor cabinet, Martin Hamilton-Smith has seen South Australian politics from both sides of the House. In this important book, he offers unparalleled insights into political leadership models that are drawn from SA but relevant to all Australian political battles.' - Emeritus Professor Clem Macintyre, University of Adelaide

Martin Hamilton-Smith is a former senior officer in Army Special Forces, entrepreneur and businessman, who in a third career served twenty-one years in the South Australian parliament. First elected in 1997 as the Member for Waite, rising through the ranks to become Cabinet Secretary in the Olsen Liberal Government, Minister for Tourism and Innovation in the Kerin Liberal Government, Leader of the SA Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition. Unhappy with factional divisions and the leadership of the state division of the Liberal Party after sixteen years in opposition, he resigned to become an independent Liberal MP, and then accepted a cabinet position in the Weatherill Labor Government as Minister for Investment and Trade, Minister for Defence and Space Industries, Minister for Small Business, Minister for Health Industries and Minister for Veterans Affairs. He left public office in 2018 and now lives in Adelaide and is active in public policy, industry and business strategy, sovereign capability issues, veterans' affairs and as a media commentator.
Format Paperback
Size 234 x 156 mm
ISBN 9781743059739
Extent 344 pages
Price: AU$39.95 including GST
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