The fortunes of the Australian Liberal Party have rarely been higher, yet times remain uncertain for the party, and questions about its future remain: How much more division about its economic and social direction can it sustain? What changes has it made to stop the Democrats and One Nation from stealing its voters? How can a party associated with the 'big end' of town hope to keep the trust of the 'battlers'? How is the old dogma of the party coping with the new challenges of globalization and terrorism? Why are liberals so obsessed with Paul Keating? Greg Barns is a former liberal, and the only member of the apart from Pauline Hanson to be disendorsed by the party before an election. Drawing upon his insider's knowledge and his outsider's freedom to consider the issues objectively, Greg Barns exposes the major challenges facing the party today.
Introduction; 1. Walking down the middle of the road; 2. A Liberal Party obsession; 3. The 21st century Liberal Party; 4. Assuming one nation; 5. The paradox; 6. After Howard?; 7. Meeting the challenges - have the Liberals been captured?; 8. So where to from here?; Conclusion.