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by Noel Pearson

With clarity and passion, Pearson inspires readers to see difficult and controversial issues in new ways. Mission traces a life of politics, ideas and inspiring words.

Penguin Random House
Publish Date
November 2021

Whether he is recalling his boyhood in Hope Vale, Queensland, making the case for Indigenous recognition, or evoking a reconciled, multicultural Australia, Noel Pearson confirms he is one of Australia's most powerful and influential thinkers - and an extraordinary writer. Mission selects the best of Pearson's work to date. There are indelible portraits of political leaders seen close up - Keating, Rudd, Whitlam, Turnbull and more. There is Pearson's brilliant exploration of a Voice to Parliament, which led eventually to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. And there are acute analyses - of passive welfare; of the fate of the Labor Party; of identity politics, good and bad; and of education and the role of a great teacher. The volume also contains a remarkable new extended title essay, in which Pearson reflects on his life and work so far. Mission is honest, provocative and utterly original.

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