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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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.
Is the party game defunct?
Obsolete partisan duopoly in contemporary City Hall politics and elections is the setting for my crime fiction novel Presumed Dead
The theme is explored and deplored in the article below.
Protect democracy by electing independents
Presumed Dead is a novel about a fictional crime when an Australian city council is considering development of a casino resort. The story reveals how Westminster System politicians are inherently corrupt when their party is not seeking the public good. When a non-partisan mayor is elected, she safeguards the city’s fragile democracy.