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An Exhausting Way to Make a Living – “Goodbye Jerusalem: Night Thoughts of a Labor Outsider” – Bob EllisCiting from “The Things We Did Last Summer”, 1983

September 9th, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Politics

‘You know, it’s a strange life we lead in politics,’ Paul Keating said, confiding in me, or seeming to, a week before the sudden calling of the 1983 election. ‘When Parliament’s sitting you have the equivalent of five serious fights a day. But I don’t mind that,’ he said, and looked at me with amused aggression. ‘I like a little blood.’ Then noticing I had flinched, he quickly added, ‘But when you get to our age, Bob, to middle age,’ (I was exactly 40), ‘and you’re mellowing and you have to be,’ (he was thirty-eight and a half and looked nineteen), ‘it gets to be a bit of an exhausting way of making a living.’

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