About The Author

Mark J. Smith has been writing since he was a child.

In primary school, he was writing letters to newspaper editors on current affairs.

At age twelve Mark wrote Na Gidga a story about the Narrunga people of the Yorke Peninsula and their clever arrangement of stones to trap fish and marine life in the shifting tides, which sweep a vast distance twice daily from high to low. It was a shortlisted finalist in the 1998 Bank SA short story competition. Receiving third place the story was published in a commemorative book to mark the bank’s 150-year anniversary.

Published in 1999 his story The Tin Miner examined the hardships endured by early settlers in their pursuit of valuable metals. It was featured in The Advertiser summer shorty story competition.

Born and raised in Adelaide Mark has worked in government, corporate affairs and public policy advocacy for some of Australia’s largest companies and organisations.

Mark has degrees in history and political science from the University of Adelaide. His First-Class Honours thesis entitled Drought and Deluge is one of the few intimate comparative studies of primary source material related to the impact of environmental conditions on the first contact between British settlers and indigenous people.

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Australian Revolution now available on Amazon.com

Jul 4, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

The revolution marches on.

Australian Revolution is now available to a global market thought the Amazon platform.

Author Mark J. Smith said,

“It cannot hurt to have the book available through the largest internet retailer in the world and the biggest online bookstore.”

“I hope that this will mean the story can be accessed by many new readers from across the globe.”

The book is available on Amazon Here


Australian Revolution is the book major political parties don’t want you to read

May 18, 2018

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The revolution has finally arrived.

After much anticipation, the definitive book about Australian politics is here.

It is not another political biography. There is no other book like it.

Australian Revolution is a provocative and confronting story, which explores the possibilities for change with a bold and determined leader.

This book arrives at a time when Australian politics is broken.

For too long Australians have been seriously let down by their political leaders.

The time for serious reform has arrived. In fact, it is long overdue.

When conceptualising the idea for the book, author Mark J. Smith said,

“Every part of our lives is suffering from disruption. It is time that government in Australia was subject to major disruption.”

“I wanted to create an original a story around the possibility of abolishing state governments.”

“A believable story may encourage political leaders and Australians to at least contemplate what life could be like without state government.”

“I would like this to be enjoyed by people outside of the traditional political commentariat.”

Despite avenues to major publishers being blocked Mr Smith was determined for this story to be heard.

“If this story can achieve public traction it will make vested interests very nervous.”

“State Secretaries will probably like to see this book banned.”

When asked about the characters Mr Smith commented,

“The main character Prime Minister Jane Carrington is complex. She is a cunning lateral thinker.”

“She represents the kind of leader I think many Australians would like to have in the Lodge. Someone with the courage to take charge.”

“Fortune favours the brave. She pounces on an opportunity to turn her political fortunes around and positions herself to benefit from events and scandals.”

“The proposed reality in the story is that the services and public servants of state government aren’t abolished at all. They are just reallocated. It is a simple idea, but very complicated to implement.”

“It is just the state politicians and a few senior bureaucrats who are at risk of termination.”

“Carrington is willing to take the risk of Lord Mayors becoming “War Lord” mayors, empowering Local Government with more responsibility.”

“The chance that they may do a worse job than state government is one that the community and the Prime Minister are willing to take.”

“Carrington may well be our best Prime Minister and may also become Australia’s last. It is a shame she isn’t real.”


Book launch speech focuses on federalism reform

Feb 14, 2018

BOOK LAUNCH SPEECH FOCUSES ON FEDERALISM REFORM

Book Launch Speech 2018

M. J. SMITH

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Ladies and gentlemen thank you for being here today.

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we meet on today and their spiritual relationship with the land.

Today is an exciting day. It is many years in the making.

Grab your pitchforks. The revolution has finally arrived.

After much anticipation, the definitive book about Australian politics is here.

It is not another political biography.

It is not a selective political history pushing an agenda.

There is no other book like it.

Australian Revolution, or “Revo”, is a book major parties won’t want you to read.

This story explores the possibilities for change with a bold and determined leader.

This book arrives at a time when Australian politics is broken.

For too long Australians have been seriously let down by their political leaders.

The time for serious structural reform has arrived. In fact, it is long overdue.

Every part of our lives is suffering from disruption. It is time that government in Australia was subject to major disruption.

I wanted to create an original a story around the possibility of abolishing state governments. Former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke, Gough Whitlam and John Howard have all been supportive of the idea.

State Premiers from both major parties, Jeff Kennett and Peter Beattie, have suggested Australia could be a better nation without State Government.

As Health Minister, our 28th Prime Minister Tony Abbott was in favour of a federal takeover of hospitals. So, the idea has been around for a while.

It was a theme which resonated with so many people that I have talked to. It engaged them with politics and got them thinking about how government in Australia could be better.

I hope that this story may encourage political leaders and Australians to at least contemplate what life could be like without state government. Even for a fleeting moment.

If this story can achieve public traction it will certainly make vested interests very nervous.

State Secretaries will probably like to see this book banned.

The main character Prime Minister Jane Carrington is complex. She is a cunning lateral thinker.

She represents the kind of leader I think many Australians would like to have in the Lodge. Someone with the courage to take charge.

In the story the Prime Minister has a central policy called One Government. That is why the website is called 1gov.com.au.

It is a bold reform package proposing one strong National Government. The benefits sound persuasive.

$50 billion in budget savings every year.

This includes $25 billion in the public sector, and $25 billion in the private sector.

One nationally consistent set of laws and regulations.

No State or Territory Governments.

A seamless national economy that will allow business to prosper and create more sustainable jobs of the future.

Abolition of payroll tax. Saving businesses $20 billion per year.

A National Education System with one curriculum and one enrolment process for students.

A National Health Service with more autonomy for hospital management and medical professionals.

I would like to read a small extract from one of the Prime Minister’s key speeches. She says,

“The Australian Constitution is a redundant document that was created in fear. Fear of domination by larger states. Fear of domination by a national government. The constitution is a more than one-hundred-year-old compromise, which pandered to colonial jealousies.

What has it given us? The result is a complex, expensive and wasteful set of governments riddled with unnecessary duplication.

Today we have nine governments in Australia in addition to the Commonwealth. Nine!! There are thirteen legislative chambers, which are home to 610 Members of Parliament and 117 Ministers.

On average, each Member of Parliament costs the taxpayer about half a million dollars each year if you include their salaries, staff salaries, office rents, allowances and travel. That means our 610 State and Territory Members of Parliament cost us about $300 million every year.”

All of this to govern only 24 million people. It is astounding.

In this era of on demand entertainment dominated by Netflix, YouTube and iView, popular culture is the most powerful way to influence public policy. Combined with social media it can be a powerful tool to send a message.

I would like this book to be enjoyed by people outside of the traditional political commentariat.

There has also a bit of a vacuum for political satire since the halcyon days of The Chaser, the Hollowmen and the brightly fading public appearances by Barry Humphries since he has turned 80. Not to mention the sad passing of the late John Clarke, which has left our Thursday evenings a little duller. I hope that this book can start to fill that vacuum.

Many people have asked about the characters.

The characters are a composite of people who I have worked alongside in various roles in government and corporate Australia.

Friends and associates have taken great delight in picking their idiosyncrasies from the characters.

The main character Prime Minister Jane Carrington is complex. She is a cunning lateral thinker.

She represents the kind of leader I think many Australians would like to have in the Lodge. Someone with the courage to take charge.

Fortune favours the brave. She pounces on an opportunity to turn her political fortunes around and positions herself to benefit from events and scandals.

The proposed reality in the story is that the services and public servants of state government aren’t abolished at all. They are just reallocated. It is a simple idea, but very complicated to implement.

It is just the state politicians and a few senior bureaucrats who are at risk of termination.

Carrington is willing to take the risk of Lord Mayors becoming “War Lord” mayors, empowering Local Government with more responsibility.

The chance that they may do a worse job than state government is one that the community and the Prime Minister are willing to take.

Carrington may well be our best Prime Minister and may also become Australia’s last. It is a shame she isn’t real.

In closing, I would like to thank my family for their support and encouragement.

I would like to thank my publisher Green Hill and their fantastic graphic designer Gina Walters who has produced a crisp and engaging layout with a simple but striking cover design.

I hope that you enjoy reading this book and that your spark for mad political reform is ignited. Or reignited.

Thank you.

ENDS


Controversial book launched in new style

Feb 14, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

The book Australian Revolution has been officially launched at a time of serious political leadership malaise.

It is the first-ever e-launch for this type of provocative political book.

In lieu of an expensive launch event intended guests were invited to donate to charity.

e-Guests were also invited to bid for a signed copy of the book via online auction. Initial bidding has been strong.

Author Mark J. Smith said,

“I want to be very clear that this is in no way a political fundraising exercise. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to charity.”

Books can be ordered at: 1gov.com.au

The first 100 books will be available for the special price of $19.99.

Author Mark J. Smith prepared a keynote address for distribution to an electronic database of key political, business, media and entertainment industry figures across Australia.

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