Something to look forward to…

Former Australian Minister of Finance, Lindsay Tanner, is writing a book. From 9 News

Parties are under the sway of “politics without purpose”, former Labor finance minister Lindsay Tanner says in a new book to be published in October.

Mr Tanner, who retired from politics in 2010 after 18 years in federal parliament, has written a follow-up to his 2011 book, Sideshow, published by Scribe.

“We cannot blame particular individuals for modern Labor’s malaise, because it is part of a systemic global phenomenon,” the author is quoted as saying in publicity for the new 368-page book, Politics with Purpose.

“We are all under the sway of politics without purpose. And politics without purpose is pointless.”

The book includes an edited selection of Mr Tanner’s speeches, press articles and essays from 1990 to 2012.

In it he discusses Labor’s problems and prospects, globalisation and lessons from his own life.