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“Goodbye Babylon: Further Journeys in Time and Politics” – Bob Ellis  It’s worth noting here that Chifley’s motives here weren’t Imperial, he was motivated by fraternal solidarity with the reforming Labour government then in power in the UK.

September 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Australian, Australiana, Campaigning, History, Policy, Politics, Progressive Politics, Uncategorized

(Chifley’s) most fatal flaw, I think, was his (and Curtin’s) belief that the frugal way of living they both had endured through all their years of battling childhoods and union struggle was all the Australian people should reasonably and properly hope for, and happily, obediently vote for, and they would cop food-rationing, and petrol-rationing, and tiny constraining commission houses the size of (yes) a childless train driver’s cottage for as long as Ben assured them (puffing his pip and smiling) it was necessary to prop up England’s Economy – England being a trading partner we had to keep by denying ourselves the good life we fought and died for in a war and a Depression and a war.

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