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Hitler’s Eyes are on Corio – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, Campaigning, History, Politics, Security Policy, War, WW2

Early in 1940 a federal by-election was created in Corio when Menzies appointed one of his senior ministers, R.G. Casey to the newly created post of Australian ambassador to the United States. Menzies was pleased to have removed on of his leadership rivals, but the ploy backfired. In the by-election the voters ignored his fatuous claim that the UAP candidate should be returned because ‘Hitler’s eyes are on Corio’, and J.J. Dedman won the seat for Labor.

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