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Author Gaita, Raimond, 1946-

Title Breach of trust : truth, morality and politics / Raimond Gaita
Published Melbourne, Vic. : Black Inc., 2004


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 W'PONDS  994.005 Gai/Bot  AVAILABLE
 MELB  994.005 Gai/Bot  AVAILABLE
Description 103 pages ; 24 cm
regular print
Series Quarterly essay, 1832-0953 ; issue 16
Quarterly essay ; issue 16
Contents Breach of trust : truth, morality and politics / Raimond Gaita -- Correspondence / John Button, Dennis Glover, David Burchell, Annabel Crabb, Irving Saulwick, Margaret Simons
Summary Gaita asks essential questions about politics as it is practised today. What do politicians mean when they talk about "trust"? Why is truthfulness important? Are we as politically and morally divided as the Americans? Does the war on terror authorise leaders to do things once considered beyond the pale? Gaita argues for a conception of politics in which morality is not an optional extra. Discussing why politicians must at times be economical with the truth, he shows a way beyond cynicism on the one hand and moralising on the other. Politics, he says, is conceivably a noble vocation, as well as potentially a tragic one. He looks closely at patriotism and its distortion, and the temptation to betray our deepest values in the act of protecting ourselves
Notes Each issue includes commentary/correspondence on the topic covered the previous issue
Individual articles are indexed in ParlInfo
Qld Premier's Literary Awards 2005
Subject Politics -- Moral and ethical aspects
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Truthfulness and falsehood -- Political aspects -- Australia.
Trust -- Political aspects -- Australia.
Political culture -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Australia.
Chauvinism and jingoism -- Australia.
Political ethics -- Australia.
Ethics -- Australia.
Patriotism -- Australia.
Politicians -- Australia.
Australia -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Australia -- Politics and government -- 2001-
Author Simons, Margaret, 1960- Latham's world
ISSN 1832-0953
ISBN 1863952292
Other Titles QE16
Latham's world : the new politics of the outsiders