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A Bigger Picture - Malcolm Turnbull - Hardback $5.69 + Delivery ($0 with Prime & Min $49 Spend) @ Amazon US via AU

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This is selling for $30+ in stores so $9.85 is a great price. The price for the paperback is $34.99 from Amazon as well so not sure why the hardback is so much cheaper. Well and truly the lowest price ever for the hardback.

No matter which way your politics go, it's always interesting to read a book from the perspective of the highest office in the land.

In saying that I'm sure this will be subjected to partisan comments and negs.

Edit 930pm: Down to $9.78 from $9.85
Edit 8.53am 15/07: Down to $9.60
Edit 9.04am 17/07: Down to $5.69 (thanks daveozsydney)

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    • +13

      Chris Pyne … if you can ignore his smugness

      (☉_☉)

  • +2

    Is it cheaper than a quilton bog roll?

    • Nah, only 704 sheets for $9.78 + shipping. Not as soft either, stronger though so maybe less sheets per wipe.

  • +2

    Look at that very regal face.

  • +12

    Did he explain how to dodge tax in offshore accounts?

  • +1

    It's a US import…

  • +2

    I honestly misread the title for this deal as "free sniping"

  • +1

    "selling"???
    I don't see where the market for this book is.
    The right hate his guts because he was always a soft-righty then took his ball and went for a sook, and the left hate his guts because he was any type of righty.
    Who would pay for this?

    • +5

      People that are interested in reading a book written by the previous prime minister. Probably people that aren't always interested in reading a book from someone just because they agree with their views.

    • +8

      He was considered a moderate more than a soft-rocker. In Young Liberal parlance, the major factions are the mods (moderates) and the rockers (right-wingers). Further, rockers can be loosely subdivided into soft-rockers and hard-rockers. Christopher Pyne, for instance, is a mod (as a lot of SA Liberals are), Morrison started off a hard rocker but migrated into the soft camp, Dutton is acknowledged as the head of the national hard rock faction.

      • Nice explanation.

        I heard Dutton is tipped to be the next lib leader. (God help us)

        • +4

          god is not on australia's side

        • yup. hes collected all the top tier minister positions and hes primed to be the next lib leader

  • +2

    That’s a very expensive door stop

  • +1

    Of course he wrote a book. Just ask him how good he was. Unfortunately while he was top dog he looked scared.

  • +1

    Isn't this just a multi page whine on his being ousted from the top job?

  • Expensive toilet paper - honestly one of the if not the worst PM we have ever had

    • +4

      He could string a sentence together though

    • +10

      Morrison is the worst on many measures.

      Scandals left, right and centre.

      He never takes responsibility. He's never there during his many crises.

      The bloke is just a Liberal, not a leader.

      • +1

        will go down in history as the worst australian prime minister ever

        edit up till now

    • Was he in the top 20, not a chance. But surely not the worst.
      Perhaps the most spineless…….

  • +4

    When was this published? Interested to know how quickly it went from RRP to bargain bin.

  • +2

    It's been cheaper, see this deal: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/632014

  • -3

    I'll like this just to annoy some soy latte sip'n socialist. Why anyone would give any polly a cent more of their money than they already take though…

    • +9

      Don't you drink coffee?

      What if the person is lactose intolerant?

      Back to watching Sky and reading Murdoch, you Muppet.

  • +1

    Does it come with paper Briquetting Machine?

  • +7

    This guy is the biggest opportunist. He should have taken on the people in his party when he was in office instead of trying to sound like some martyr after he's done with it all

    • Him and K-Rud are a thing now..

      • +14

        The difference between the two is Rudd acted on his principles

        • Opposites attract :)

          • +8

            @stockastics: They are very much on common ground when it comes to our corrupt, backwards Liberal government on climate change, and the incredibly skewed state of our media.

        • Like calling a double dissolution over the carbon tax?

      • A shit thing.

    • +2

      He should have taken on the Liberal Party by leading the Labor Party.

  • FYI - appears as an ebook to borrow free at my Library

    • +3

      But you can't burn an e-book…

  • I know why it’s cheaper. The hardbacks were mistaken for desks in Canberra. Say no more…

  • +5

    I’m not very interested in politics and I found it interesting. Skipped the beginning about his father and childhood but the rest was good.

    • That'd probably be the bit I'm more interested in. Everyone will have their own politicised view of his time in Canberra, but his pre-political life and career success was phenomenal by anyone's standard.

      • There are hundreds of pages covering his life and career between childhood and politics.

  • i find it hard to stomach paying for any politician's memoirs. we already pay for their pension; they expect us to fill up their trough some more? least they could do is donate proceeds from the sales to charity.

    • +3

      least they could do is donate proceeds from the sales to charity.

      Or, you know, do like the French and abolish their pensions.

      As if.

      • +2

        i'd like to see that. or even lowering their pension rate to what the average pensioner receives.

        • +1

          Public servants only get what they put in superannuation, regardless of how well they did at work. As public servants, politicians should be treated the same. And the reason they are not is because the society let them.
          The good thing is, they won't enjoy it for much longer. Climate change will make sure of that. Rich or poor, everyone is in the same boat. And if they think they can just move to Mars, I'll just say good luck.

  • +5

    Perfect birthday gift for someone I don't like much , he will hate this and I will love that he does.

  • +9

    I didn't think he was good enough, but better than Tony Abbot. But now I realise anyone could be better than the opportunist gangsters that we are having now - Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton, etc.

    In a similar token, I didn't think Kevin Rudd was good enough, until we have Mr. non-exist Anthony Albanese.

    The bottom line is that I'm party neutral and I only care about the country but the current government is historically the worst.

    • +6

      Screwed up vaccine roll out too..

    • +1

      I only care about the country

      well you wouldn't fit in.

      • +1

        So sad..

    • +6

      Albanese isn't radical enough to get airtime. If you listen to him, he deserves the top job far more than Morrison, based on merit and his pragmatism.

      And for the people thinking Albanese and his colleagues are whining all the time, you should take a look at where our government is spending money and why accountability is so important.

      • +4

        You may have a good point there.

        Well I'm not against Albanese, but someone not too bad needs to step up to replace the the current government which is way too bad.

      • The problem with Albanese is image and there is no way he can fix it. He has a puce face that makes him look like he's been sitting at the bar for the last couple of hours and an annoying whiny voice. Wrongly or not politicians get judged on appearance. Perhaps Scomo has bungled the vaccine rollout badly enough to lose regardless but a better opposition leader would leave Morrison no chance.

        • +7

          Wrongly or not politicians get judged on appearance.

          I know, and I've discussed this with others that are politically inclined. And the prejudice that floods the judgement of a lot of the general public is very unfortunate. That being said, most of the public is completely apathetic regarding politics - people I've come across think mentioning it is controversial. That combined with a complete lack of knowledge about policy and Morrison's track record may see a victory for the "quiet Australians" once again.

          I guess all of the above ties into your argument about judging on face value. How people can still assess others based solely upon their face and voice is beyond me. You'd think they'd pay more attention to those making decisions for them?! The federal coalition is making all the wrong decisions for our people and the future of our country. The billions spent doling out huge multinational corporations ravaging our environment, as part of the gas-fired recovery, for one. This is no good for a lot of farmers.

          Add in carpark and sports rorts, and you see what the LNP is all about. In reality they don't represent the views of most Australians. You'd think the Australians most impacted by the LNP's wrongdoings (rural Australia, because of the Nats), would completely reject their current MPs. The Nats are all about the ag giants, not their constituents, leaving people without water and income for example.

          • +3

            @Techie4066: Best post I have seen in a while on here.

            Amazing how the public vote Liberal/conservative against their own interests.

          • +3

            @Techie4066: Its true and its a shame. Simon Crean was a conscientious politician and had an excellent work ethic, but had a squirrely face and a nasal voice and could never get past it. Chris Pyne is actually a pretty decent chap when you're interacting with him one on one, but the voice and his generally effete presentation unfortunately hold him back.

            John Howard looked like a greasy little car salesman in his younger days, but as he got older his appearance became more fusty, benign and grandfatherly. I think thats what paved the way for his success in his later career, more than anything.

          • +1

            @Techie4066: LNP sells out the public, but let's not pretend that Labor doesn't do the same. New coal mines continue to open in Queensland under Labor leadership. A complete travesty that this party tries to sell itself as the Left.

          • +1

            @Techie4066: Appearance and voice can be seen. And people think they are a better judge of character than they actually are. And it's a lot easier than a) trying to find out what people have done or b) assessing what they have done.

            Not condoning the situation but making an observation.

      • I don't think it's that he's not radical enough, more that he's just not particularly inspiring. Let's be honest, what he's probably most known for at the moment is being in a car crash.

        He reminds me of Beazley or Crean, nice enough guy, might win if the LNP shoot themselves in the foot, but hardly someone people are going out to actively vote for.

        • +2

          What you've described is part of the problem. The logic that come election day, you're voting for a person rather than their decisions, policies or criticism of our current government. It is well established that Morrison has not nearly met his election promises!

          You could also look at Labor's messaging to the public, as the predominant issue preventing them from changing the public's opinions or motivating people to criticise the LNP.

    • -2

      The bottom line is that I'm party neutral and I only care about the country but the current government is historically the worst.

      Based on what metrics?

      What I want from a government is strong borders, economy and jobs. Both parties have delivered this over the last couple of decades and Australia is in the best shape it's ever been in. It seems to be a symptom of the current generation that they grow up in the best possible circumstances yet still think they are the most hard done by.

  • Now showing at $28 :(

    • U wanted to buy? Lol

      • +2

        says the guy who upvotes

  • does buying this give you a free ticket to the labor's national convention?

  • <queie the music>
    Smooth operator…..Smoooooooth operator

  • Kindle version is showing as $5.82

  • Or you can wait and pick it up for $3 from your local Salvos.

    • +1

      I found a like new, mint condition free at lifeline book swap

      • +1

        You overpaid.

  • +2

    Thanks OP.. Might just save my $ and wait for ABCTV to screen the miniseries..

  • Thanks OP. He is the best prime minister of all time.

    • +1

      Naaah…. That’s still Harold Holt.

    • +6

      I dunno, Bob Hawke sculled 2.5 pints in 11 seconds back in 1956

  • +1

    some expensive dunny roll you have there

  • This is no longer my leader and I'm not ambitious for him!

  • If desperate, I'm sure you could borrow from your local library…

  • +3

    Does it go into where he did his best buddy Gerry Harvey a massive favour and got all of us to start paying GST on all overseas purchases?

    I'd buy this book purely to use in the toilet, but I'm afraid the words might cause an unpleasant reaction to my biological processes.

    • +2

      nobody likes paying gst, but better than the rorts of Kogan not paying GST for a competitive advantage. The likes of kogan and their non free shipping is disgusting, they deserve to lose competition and pay GST.

  • This type is not much different than many other creatures populating the modern day politics. It’s pretty much uniform across all democracies. And you know what they say about democracy.

  • -1

    loads of funny comments about buying this PM memoirs, but which PM would you seriously pay to read? Honest question, i've got some reading time on my hands.

  • Better PM than Scomo

    • +7

      It's a low bar.

      • +2

        On the floor.

      • +1

        Agreed
        Covid has highlighted even further how average our politicians are

        • +1

          Covid has highlighted even further how average our politicians are

          What would you have done differently?

          • @1st-Amendment: Given Pfizer a ring.
            Stop bashing and undermining Labor premiers.
            Stopped lying through my teeth to the media & public.

            • @Techie4066:

              Given Pfizer a ring.

              How do you think we have the current we have Pfizer vaccines?

              Stop bashing and undermining Labor premiers.

              Stop being a politician?

              Stopped lying through my teeth to the media & public.

              Stop being a politician?

              Let us know when you run for office, you sound like you know it all…

              • @1st-Amendment:

                How do you think we have the current we have Pfizer vaccines?

                Might want to do some reading (the article has a paywall)

                More here

                Here too

                Other countries that have adequate supplies have lobbied Pfizer to provide additional supply. Not Australia.

                I urge you to also watch the latest Media Watch episode

                You don't have to lie about and manipulate the opposition's arguments to be a good politician. Resorting to these methods shows that they've got no other choice to succeed on their own merits. Pragmatists and technocrats are the most effective politicians, both of which we need more of.

                Most politicians at the moment are bureaucrats's salespeople. If you need to refresh your memory, our vaccination rate is currently similar to Malaysia, Russia, Suriname, Kazakhstan, Albania and Belize.

                • @Techie4066:

                  You don't have to lie about and manipulate the opposition's arguments to be a good politician.

                  Yet you post fake news from the Guardian and the ABC lol…

                  The simple fact is that Australia is doing well with Covid relative to most other nations. No amount of fake hysteria changes that fact

                  • @1st-Amendment: Show me how you discredited the information in those articles. The same fake hysteria you claim is being used by the likes of Pfizer, denying Scott Morrison ordered additional vaccines, is being used by media shock jobs and citizens that don't understand how Delta would rip through this country without temporary restrictions. We must not take our success for granted and become complacent.

              • +1

                @1st-Amendment:

                Stop being a politician?

                This is the issue with this country. We expect crap from politician cause we're used to the crap they deliver.
                I cannot recall the last time we selected a leader/party because of what he/she/they stood for, that we believed they have the best interest of ALL Australians at heart.

                If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.

                and

                The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders…tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

                come to mind if i look at the current political situation

                • @Martijn:

                  This is the issue with this country. We expect crap from politician cause we're used to the crap they deliver.

                  Lol, having different ideas and being allowed to express them is a good thing

                  I cannot recall the last time we selected a leader/party because of what he/she/they stood for, that we believed they have the best interest of ALL Australians at heart.

                  Well that is logically impossible since everyone has different ideas. In an open and free society there will always be opposing opinions.

                  come to mind if i look at the current political situation

                  Oh man, you live in one of the most peaceful and prosperous nation in all of human history and you think you are in the gulag. This is truly the age of entitlement…

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