The secret history of a Labor fiasco
How did Labor lose the unlosable election?
Secrets, lies, lawyers and covert recordings. If you thought the 2019 election was just about a death tax that didn’t exist, you’re in for a surprise.
From the dark arts of the dirt units to the role of billionaire Clive Palmer, this is the untold story of an election debacle.
The Labor Party was the unbeatable favourite to win the 2019 election right up until the polls closed and voters delivered the surprise verdict.
If the results staggered pundits, they also shocked Bill Shorten and his frontbench, who had spent the final weeks of the campaign carefully planning for their first days in office.
Party Animals uncovers the secret history of a Labor fiasco, the untold story behind Scott Morrison’s miracle
“Samantha Maiden’s Party Animals is a brisk and highly readable account of the lead up to Labor’s legendary achievement of losing 2019’s unloseable election. It’s a great look behind the curtain at the dark arts of an election campaign.”
Charlie Lewis, Crikey
“All recounted in gory detail by seasoned political journalist Samantha Maiden in this gripping new book. Party Animals dissects how an overly ambitious and complacent Labor Party let victory slip through its fingers. Senior party figures, from Shorten down, open up to Maiden with candid, and often brutal, reflections on the fiasco. There is a lot of finger pointing between Shorten supporters and ALP head office about who should wear the blame. An uncompromising account of Labor's disastrous 2019 election loss.”
Michael Rowland, Domain Review
“A must-read insight into what really went on behind the scenes and how Labor managed to screw it all up in the end. ”
“This is an absorbing post-mortem, from an experienced reporter who doesn’t miss a major organ. Revelatory.”
“Maiden provides well-argued, multi-layered answers to a fundamental question: "How did Shorten-led Labor lose the unlosable 2019 election?" Party Animals usefully explains that the responsibility for Morrison's "miracle" victory in 2019 and the fiasco of Labor's defeat rests not only on Shorten's unpopularity but on the collective weakness of his leadership group ... Some blame is apportioned to the ALP's federal campaign team ... as well as to Clive Palmer's $60 million election spend.”
Ross Fitzgerald, The Australian