Norman Abjorensen, of the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, reviewed Julia 2012: The caretaker election in the recent Australian Journal of Politics and History (Volume 58, Number 3) . He provides historical context for the book, writing “for a whole range of reasons, the 2010 election is a landmark even in its own right, producing the first hung parliament in Australia in seven decades and leading to a politics, from government formation to policy, that has rarely been seen in the country before.” Abjorensen touches on a few of the articles from the book, highlighting “The acerbic Rodney Cavalier” and Carol Johnson’s “fascinating chapter” .
Abjorensen praises the book as a whole, declaring “A most useful component in this volume is an analysis of each state and territory which breaks down the big picture into its component parts, more accurately reflecting both the complexities and the crosscurrents woven into the whole.
“This will not be the last book written on the 2010 election — one of the most remarkable of all, in the words of Liberal Party federal director, Brian Loughnane — but it will become the essential starting point for all those that follow. It showcases Australian political analysis at its incisive and analytical best.”