Book Launch: The Luck of Politics by Andrew Leigh MP

3 September, 2015 - 18:00 to 19:30
Forgan Smith Building (#1), Level 1 Room E109

The University of Queensland School of Economics invites you to attend a free public lecture with the Hon. Dr Andrew Leigh MP, who will be launching his new book The Luck of Politics: True tales of disaster and outrageous fortune.

Dr Leigh will also be signing copies of his new book immediately after the lecture.

In 1968, John Howard missed out on winning the state seat of Drummoyne by just 420 votes. Howard reflects: ‘I think back how fortunate I was to have lost.’ It left him free to stand for a safe federal seat in 1974 and become one of Australia’s longest-serving prime ministers. In The Luck of Politics, Andrew Leigh weaves together numbers and stories to show the many ways luck can change the course of political events. This is a book full of fascinating facts and intriguing findings. Why is politics more like poker than chess? Does the length of your surname affect your political prospects? What about your gender? And who was our unluckiest politician? Charles Griffiths served as the Labor member for Shortland for 23 years. It was an unusually long career, but alas, his service perfectly coincided with federal Labor’s longest stint out of power: 1949 to 1972! From Winston Churchill to George Bush, Margaret Thatcher to Paul Keating, this book will persuade you that luck shapes politics – and that maybe, just maybe, we should avoid the temptation to revere the winners and revile the losers.



Hon. Dr Andrew Leigh MP