Book prompts title fight

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Several legal rows have erupted among the co-authors and the publisher of a new book about Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The new book has been released by publishers Hachette Australia under the title How good is Scott Morrison? – a play on one of the favourite expressions employed by the PM.

One of the book’s co-authors, Network 10’s political editor and professor of politics at Griffith University, Peter van Onselen, (pictured) said he believed the book title was benign enough to give him cover no matter whether the Morrison Government was re-elected or defeated at the next election.

“I’m happy with the title, but I know others aren’t,” he said.

Mr van Onselen’s comments followed the decision by another of the book’s co-authors, Network 10’s political editor and professor of politics at Griffith University, Peter van Onselen, (pictured) to initiate legal proceedings against Hachette for releasing the book under the wrong title and seeking a change.

“I definitely wanted the title to be How good is Scott Morrison! – with an exclamation mark – because for months now, maybe the best part of a year, well ever since the 2019 federal election, I’ve been singing Morrison’s praises as a political genius destined for certain re-election when his brilliant political instincts tell him it’s time to go to the polls again,” Mr van Onselen said.

“The inclusion of a question mark changes the whole premise of the book as far as I am concerned and I want it pulped and reissued with the correct title.”

Another co-author of the book, Network 10’s political editor and professor of politics at Griffith University, Peter van Onselen, (pictured) said he had launched a separate action to block publication of the book but on other grounds.

“I definitely wanted the title to be How God is Scott Morrison? because for months now, maybe the best part of a year, well ever since the 2019 federal election, I’ve been singing Morrison’s praises as a political genius whose deep faith has led him, or should I say, has allowed him to be led by a more powerful being, to become our greatest wartime leader and truly the father of our nation,” Mr van Onselen said.

The van Onselens’ co-author Wayne Errington, associate professor of politics at Adelaide University, said he was not participating in the courtroom battles.

“I’m just happy to have written my bits of the book, but I can tell you it’s the last time I’m co-authoring anything with so many other political analysts,” he said.