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Field’s Life as a Rat – A Post Script – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Field’s Life as a Rat – A Post Script – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Democracy, Politics, Progressive Politics, Queensland

Once the coup had taken place and the election was on, Field – a senator for just ninety-nine days – was quickly forgotten. Legal aid to help him fight five High Court writs stopped, promises of state government monetary aid did not materialise, and his previous ‘patrons’, the Queensland Liberal-National parties, put him at number […]

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We Will Select a Labor Man – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on We Will Select a Labor Man – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Conservative Politics, Politics, Queensland

The tragedy for Labor was that the ensuing Field affair and its consequences would never have occurred had three names been put up in Queensland by the ALP on the death of Senator Milliner. A smart move would have been to put up two communists and Colston. But Labor overlooked the consequences and as the […]

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What The Shah Told Joh – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on What The Shah Told Joh – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Communism, Extremism, Politics, Queensland

At Stanthorpe, Queensland’s fruit-growing centre he said: “Australians, wake up, we are on a dangerous course with these people. The Shah of Iran told me when he was here he was disturbed that we were going to communism.  Australians keep coming to me saying to do everything I can do to fight Canberra. They say […]

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A Bad Campaign Speech – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Bad Campaign Speech – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics

Joh set such a campaign pace in 1974 that he made it difficult for his ALP opponent Tucker to keep up. Tucker’s chartered plane got lost in a storm while flying to Quilpie in the West. The plane was half an hour overdue when Tucker himself used a road map to help the pilot establish […]

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The Bjelkemander – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Bjelkemander – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Democracy, Means and Ends, Politics, Power

How bad then was the Bjelkemander in comparative terms? One means of measuring this is by the Dauer-Kelsay Index which calculates the absolute smallest percentage of electors which, in theory, could elect the government. The 1972 Queensland redistribution measured 44.9% on the Dauer-Kelsay Index, compared with a theoretically perfect redistribution of slightly over 50%. (This […]

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Feudal Politics – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Feudal Politics – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Australian Labor Party, Politics, Power

Louisiana politicians were and are much like feudal barons. They operate as rulers of geographical principalities or personal followings, independently, calculatingly, and sometimes irresponsibly or petulantly. Two barons may seem to be friends and allies, and then suddenly, because one or the other senses an advantage to be gained or is seized by a whim, […]

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Wobbly Tables at Branch Meetings – “Stiff”, Shane Maloney

September 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Wobbly Tables at Branch Meetings – “Stiff”, Shane Maloney · Australian Labor Party, Politics

Lindsay Tanner on Stiff: “I came of age in politics in the 1980s, in the time and context in which the early Murray Whelan books are set. When I read them I recall things like sitting on an Administrative Committee inquiry into a Turkish branch which had numerous members supposedly living at the back of […]

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Murrary Whelan is the Victorian Labor Party – “Stiff”, Shane Maloney

August 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Murrary Whelan is the Victorian Labor Party – “Stiff”, Shane Maloney · Australian Labor Party, Politics

Lindsay Tanner on Murray Whelan: “Long-term insiders like me can attest to the fact that Murray Whelan actually is the Victorian Labor party. The peculiar composite of naivety, cunning, decency and incompetence that’s reflected in Murray is like a pastiche of my experience in my thirty years as a party member. It’s a pity we […]

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Chifley the Butcher – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Chifley the Butcher – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australian Labor Party, Australiana, History, Politics

Like all prime ministers, Chifley had a private phone on his desk—the number known only to his wife, senior colleagues and advisers. It was, of course, a silent number, but apparently was only one digit removed from the number for the butcher shop in the nearby suburb of Manuka. Occasionally, the phone would ring and […]

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‘Delegates, you’ll have to stop wanking’ – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on ‘Delegates, you’ll have to stop wanking’ – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australian Labor Party, Political Communication, Quotes

Hawke was insensitive to the reaction of others to his words. As President of the ALP, he chaired a national conference in Perth, where it was apparent to all that he was bedding a female taxi driver. At 9 am one day, Hawke was at his place as chairman on the head table, obviously still […]

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