Julia Banks

Author, speaker, consultant

Power Play

Breaking through barriers, bias and boys clubs.

Power Play

Power Play is an honest guide for women who aspire to leadership in the workplace and in the world, from the trailblazing Julia Banks.

Having won the ‘unwinnable’ seat that secured the Coalition Government majority in 2016, Julia Banks shocked Australia when she announced she would stand as an independent MP in 2018, having experienced a toxic workplace culture in the country’s centre of power – designed by men for their dominance. Julia doesn’t just know what power looks like in a political sense; she made it to the top of her game in the legal and corporate sectors before running for parliament. And at every level, she had to navigate through the bias, barriers and boys’ clubs that aim to silence women or deter them from leadership roles.

Nominated in the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) longlist, Power Play reveals the unvarnished realities of any workplace where power disparities and gender politics collide: from the unequal opportunities, casual sexism and systemic misogyny, to pressures around looks, age and family responsibilities, and the consequences of speaking out. Julia shares personal stories, practical advice, and a resounding argument for why women aren’t the problem – but why more women in decision-making positions will help us find the solution.

For anyone who is aspiring to lead, this book will help you to navigate there. And for anyone who believes that women’s voices need to be heard equally, it will inspire you to strive until that is our reality.

Julia Banks was an outstanding parliamentarian with a life’s experience in the business world. Her book Power Play is real, raw human, and forensic.

Malcolm Turnbull

Brutal and astounding; I couldn’t stop reading.

Rachel Griffiths

Meet the Author

In 2021, Julia Banks was interviewed by Virginia Haussegger as part of ANU’s ‘Meet the Author’ series. Listen to their conversation, as well as the vote of thanks from Niki Savva, in this podcast.

You can also read a transcript of the ‘Vote of thanks’ speech from Niki Savva here.

Virginia Haussegger and Julia Banks on stage at the ‘Meet the Author’ event at ANU.
Julia Banks, Niki Savva, and Virginia Haussegger at the ‘Meet the Author’ event at ANU.


Jenna Price

Jenna Price, Sydney Morning Herald, July 16, 2021

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Catherine Fox, September, 2021

The business of sexism: ‘Power Play’ by Julia Banks
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Joshua Black

The Conversation, July 8, 2021

Julia Banks’ new book is part of a 50-year tradition of female MPs using memoirs to fight for equality
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Sam Still Reading

Sam Still Reading, July 21, 2021

REVIEW: Power Play by Julia Banks
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