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When veteran journalist and former Hawke media adviser Barrie Cassidy first started thinking about
writing "The Party Thieves" in December 2009, Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd were leaders of their
parties. Within six months, both men had been deposed. Cassidy contends that both men stole their
parties away: Turnbull by insisting on a climate change policy that the majority hated; Rudd by his
authoritarian rule and disregard for MPs and party members. In the end, both parties came and took
back their parties.

Cassidy argues that the removal of Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister, in the lead-up to the 2010 election
ranks with the Dismissal, the disappearance of Holt and the day Malcolm Fraser called an election
as one of the four big stories in Australian politics in the last 50 years. His new book "The Party
Thieves" is more than just a campaign diary of the 2010 election; it is an analysis of a tumultuous
eight months in politics, and the impact on the party and the population.

At the National Press Club in Canberra, Barrie Cassidy is joined by panellists Malcolm Farr, Dennis
Atkins and Chris Uhlmann with Heather Ewart (Cassidy's wife) moderating. The panel members discuss,
amongst other things, Julia Gillard's mistakes during the election campaign, the damage done by
internal party leaks, Tony Abbott's inspired "Marathon Man" strategy in the last hours of the
election campaign, and Kevin Rudd's alleged hopes for a comeback as Labor leader.

The event is introduced by Cassidy's publisher, Louise Adler from Melbourne University Press.

Barrie Cassidy is a veteran Australian political journalist. Cassidy initially covered state
politics. He moved to Canberra to become the ABC's federal political correspondent for radio and
television in 1979. In 1986, Cassidy was approached by the then prime minister, Bob Hawke, to
become his personal press secretary. He remained in the job-which he has described as "the most
rewarding and interesting period of my life"-until Paul Keating took over the leadership in 1991
following a challenge. Moving to Washington, Cassidy worked as a correspondent for "The Australian"
before returning to Australia to host the "Last Shout" and "Meet the Press" programs on Network
Ten. Cassidy returned to the ABC to replace Paul Lyneham as host on "The 7.30 Report" before he,
his daughter and his wife (Heather Ewart) were sent to Brussels as European correspondents. Cassidy
currently hosts the ABC Sunday morning political discussion show "Insiders", and was until recently
hosting ABC TV News Breakfast.

Malcolm Farr is a Canberra based political journalist. He is chief political reporter for Sydney's
"Daily Telegraph". He has worked for a number of Australian publications including "The Daily
Mirror", "Brisbane Sun" and "The Australian". Farr regularly appears on the political current
affairs programs "Meet the Press" on Network Ten, and ABC TV's "Insiders".

Dennis Atkins has worked in and covered politics across Australia for more than 30 years, including
about 15 years in Canberra. He was national chief of staff with Melbourne's "News-Sun Pictorial"
during the 1980s and national political editor for "The Courier-Mail" while John Howard was Prime
Minister. He is currently the Courier-Mail's national affairs editor based in Brisbane, writing
editorials, analysis and features as well as a regular political column, "Party Games".

Chris Uhlmann is political editor for the ABC news channel, ABC News 24. Chris joined the Canberra
Times as the world's oldest copy kid in 1989, and since then has worked mostly in the media. He
co-hosted ABC Radio Canberra's breakfast program for five years and produced a morning program in
Melbourne before becoming ABC radio's chief political correspondent in 2006. In January 2008, he
moved to television, as political editor for ABC TV News. He won a Walkley Award for excellence in
journalism last year. He was The 7.30 Report's political editor from August 2009 until April 2010.

Heather Ewart is one of the ABC's most experienced and skilled tv reporters and presenters. Ewart
covered Europe for the ABC from London in 1982. From 1990 to 1994, she reported from Washington as
North America Correspondent, covering the Gulf War, the election of Bill Clinton and the Waco
disaster. Heather was also Chief Political Correspondent in Canberra for ABC radio.