When his father died unexpectedly at 59, Christopher Pyne learned that life is short in the toughest possible way. He became a man in a hurry, and fought his way into Federal Parliament at the tender age of 25, knifing his erstwhile mentor to get there. A confidante to and tactician for multiple Prime Ministers, Christopher rose to become one of SA’s most powerful – and entertaining – political figures. In The Insider: The Scoops, the Scandals and the Serious Business within the Canberra Bubble, he writes with verve, wit and candour about what Annabel Crabb calls “a truly bonkers period of political history.”
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Christopher Pyne is the former Member for Sturt. He started on the Opposition backbench before rising through the ranks to become Minister for Defence and Leader of the House, serving as a minister across the Howard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments. He is the author of two books, including his recent memoir, The Insider.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of The Monthly and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.