As Labor stalwarts flog Gareth Evans’s new memoir, Canberra is lifted out of its malaise by a cry for decency, cooperation and a new centre-left storyline

For an hour or so on a sunny spring day in Canberra, the politics of the past imposed itself on the politics of the present.

The former prime minister Bob Hawke lifted his weathered face to the light like a seasoned supermodel and waved to his people at the National Press Club, fully determined to upstage his foreign minister, Gareth Evans, at the launch of Evans’s new memoir.

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