"Hoping for a quiet public-service job, Mitchell walked into the Department of Immigration in 1990 and quickly found himself on the frontline of one the nation's most devisive issues. ... For the first time, Compassionate bastard takes us behind the razor wire to reveal the sometimes difficult, sometimes farcical processes our public servants are duty-bound to implement while dealing with people in traumatic circumstances."--Back cover.
Malcolm Fraser Collection copy donated by the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser.
Malcolm Fraser Collection copy is inscribed: "To Malcolm, It's all about leadership and you showed us all the way. Peter Mitchell; You certainly did, Malcolm! With affection, [signature ?] "