The Fog on the Hill (Paperback)

How NSW Labor Lost Its Way

By Frank Sartor

Melbourne University Press, 9780522861068, 304pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2011

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The crisis in New South Wales Labor is so deep and has such significant ramifications that we need a massive dose of unadulterated, no-holds-barred honesty.
The man who can deliver this honesty is Frank Sartor. An independent outsider who became a Labor minister in 2003, Sartor impressed and irritated insiders and the commentariat in equal measure. As minister for a number of important portfolios in successive Labor Governments, Sartor was perfectly positioned to see the way the Labor machine operated—the factionalism, the deals, the incompetence, the shortsightedness—as it went through four premiers in its last six floundering, backstabbing years.
Sartor's thoughtful and acerbic pen skewers the failings and often-risible hubris of politicians. He pulls no punches in ascribing actions to a number of his former colleagues, but not as an exercise in denigrating opponents, but to illustrate the main actors, their mindsets, and the genesis of some of the New South Wales government's major mishaps.
The Fog on the Hill is essential reading for anyone interested in the evolving landscape of Australian politics. It will be a ready handbook for political aspirants, public servants and all students of political science. Much more, though, it will fascinate all those who value our democracy and want our country and its governments to succeed.

About the Author

Frank Sartor was a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Australian Labor Party between 2003 and 2011, and held various senior ministries including Climate Change and the Environment, Planning, and Energy and Utilities. Before being elected to the New South Wales Parliament, Sartor was the longest serving Lord Mayor of Sydney, having held the post from 1991 to 2003. He was mayor from the early days of the Sydney Olympic bid right through and beyond the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Both as a state Minister and as Lord Mayor Sartor was a reknown reformer. He retired from politics at the 2011 state election.