Shortlist year: 
2019
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Vintage an imprint of Penguin Random House

About the book

Rusted off—why country Australia is fed up by Gabrielle Chan.

In Rusted Off, Gabrielle Chan looks to her own rural community's main street for answers to the big questions driving voters. Why are we so fed up with politics? Why are formerly rusted-on country voters deserting major parties in greater numbers than their city cousins? Can ordinary people teach us more about the way forward for government? In 1996, Gabrielle, the city-born daughter of a Chinese migrant, moved to a sheep and wheat farm in country New South Wales. Here, she provides a window into her community and reflects on its lessons for the Australian political story.