PARTISAN GOVERNMENT OXYMORON
Presumed Dead is a novel authored by Martin Knox about the elected governments of a large Australian city, which are duopolies, each pretending to have an opposition, like in a Westminster system. When the two sides are deadlocked, it is unlikely but possible that a contest could be resolved corruptly or even criminally. The novel crime fiction reveals the fragility of partisan government.
When tie-breaker Jane Kenwood, an iconic parliamentarian, disappears before a hung parliament votes, her partner Phillip Keane, a forensic scientist, leads an investigation. A team of friends reconstructs events by a Euler Walk strategy. They expose the perpetrators in a denouement. Will the government be shamed into becoming non-partisan? This is thrilling story of political skulduggery that will keep you guessing, in the wake of think tank meetings, that explore scientifically and logically, with expertise and humour.
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A PARTY GAME IS OVER
Politics is supposed to bring people together and control their government. When independent politician Jane disappears from a hung parliament, the government is able to approve a casino development she opposes. Presumed Dead is a page-turner about how Phillip, a politician she loves and their friends, suspect foul play and search for her. They employ forensic techniques that reveal methodical corruption in bipartisan politics. In a final denouement, government leaders are exposed and the parliament is reconstituted.
This is a page-turning political whodunit, crime fiction demonstrating the workings of a Westminster System of democracy, in a fictional parliament and proposing non-partisan politics.
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WHAT COULD A HUNG COUNCIL DO?
How unstable could local politics become when an elected council becomes hung?
If party politicians join independents on the cross-bench, would developments wanted by the public be more or less likely to be approved?
‘Presumed Dead’ is a novel by Martin Knox set in a fictional council chamber within the Westminster system. Corruption at the big end of town is suspected when Jane Kenwood, a feisty councillor, disappears.
Will my vote in the BCC election matter?
On 28 March 2020, Brisbane and 77 councils across Queensland had local government elections. Councils’ political processes under the Westminster System are described in a crime fiction novel ‘Presumed Dead’ by Martin Knox. Read this exciting story to find out how local government works — and fails.
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