The Godfather : The life of Brian Burke
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communications and Contemporary Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
Once touted as a future prime minister of Australia, former WA premier Brian Burke has had a rollercoaster political career. This is the first major biography of this charismatic and influential politician who even out of power and disgraced, pulls the political strings in WA and beyond. As premier, Brian Burke was one of the key players behind the mineral boom that became the infamous WA Inc in the 1980s. After a high profile inquiry, he was jailed for corruption in 1994 for and then again in 1997. Most men would have sought a quiet life after losing their reputation in this fashion, but Brian Burke became a ruthless behind-the-scenes powerbroker in WA politics, business and unions.