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Niki Savva: Barrie Cassidy & Friends: Election 2022 | Sydney Writers’ Festival

How better to make sense of our latest national orgy of democracy than with veteran journo and Festival favourite Barrie Cassidy and his hand-chosen team of the country’s best commentators? At time of writing, we don’t know whether this will be election morning or just another Saturday in our post-election reality, but what we do know is there’s no better panel with which to unpick the state of the national discourse, national politics and nation itself. Joining Barrie are Fran Kelly, Niki Savva and Amy Remeikis. As essential as an election day sausage in bread.

Niki Savva is a journalist, author and political commentator. She has written a memoir, So Greek, and two bestselling books on historic events in Australian politics. The Road to Ruin chronicles the removal of Tony Abbott as prime minister, and Plots and Prayers details the coup that overthrew Malcolm Turnbull. Niki writes a weekly column on politics for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She has appeared regularly on ABC's Insiders for more than a decade.

Plots and Prayers

In an enthralling sequel to her bestselling The Road to Ruin, Niki Savva reveals the inside story of a bungled coup that overthrew the Liberal prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and installed a surprise successor, Scott Morrison, who went on to take the party to a miraculous electoral victory.

On 21 August 2018, 35 Liberal MPs cast their vote against Malcolm Turnbull, effectively signalling the end of his leadership. Three days later, the deed was done, and Scott Morrison was anointed prime minister.

Tony Abbott’s relentless campaign of destabilisation, helped along by his acolytes in the parliament and…

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The Road to Ruin

‘There will be no wrecking, no undermining, and no sniping.’
–Tony Abbott, 15 September 2015

Abbott’s performances in the party-room debates on education and climate change had ranged between woeful and pathetic. He sounded desperate, he was inconsistent, and — his colleagues thought — slightly ridiculous. They knew he would never stop going after cheap headlines during soft interviews where he sucked up the oxygen, with revision and division as his calling cards. All they could hope was that people would soon grow tired of listening to him. Normal people might have, but the media grew more and…

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So Greek

From one of the most senior correspondents in the Canberra Press Gallery comes a rare account of life as a political insider.

Born in a small village in Cyprus, Niki Savva spent her childhood in Melbourne’s working-class suburbs — frontiers where locals were suspicious of olive oil, and Greek kids spoke Gringlish to their parents.

Only a few decades later, despite all the challenges of being a migrant woman in Australia, Savva had risen through the ranks of political journalism at The Australian, and had gone on to head the Canberra bureaus of both the Melbourne Herald Sun and The Age.

Then in 1997,…

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