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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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One of the Trendy University Set, One of the Trendy Mob – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on One of the Trendy University Set, One of the Trendy Mob – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Conservative Politics, Elitism, Politics, Queensland

During the Parliamentary Debate in which Tom Burns nominated Mal Colston for the 1975 Queensland casual Senate vacancy: This anti-intellectual attitude was summed up by Tom Aikens (independent, Townsville South) who told the House he was not going to make any personal attack on Dr. Colston: “I will put it mildly. Colston is one of […]

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The Merger of the Qld Country Party and the DLP – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Merger of the Qld Country Party and the DLP – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Campaigning, Conservative Politics, Means and Ends, Politics, Queensland

In September 1973, Mike Evans (Country Party President), called a press conference at a city hotel in Brisbane, at which the Country Party announced terms for the integration of the two parties (the Country Party and the DLP). This story appeared in the Australian the next day under the heading “State Country Party swallows the DLP”. The […]

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Joh the Talkback Radio Pioneer – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Joh the Talkback Radio Pioneer – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Conservative Politics, Political Communication, Politics

Callaghan put the premier on the phone or in studios to answer questions that came up on talk-back programs – the first time a politician had done this in Australia.

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Joh’s First Leadership Challenge – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Joh’s First Leadership Challenge – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Conservative Politics, Leadership, Means and Ends, Politics, Queensland

There weren’t many smiles back in October 1970 when members of Bjelke-Petersen’s own County Party cabinet moved against him. He had been premier just two years, was pushing sixty, and had failed to make the grade as a popular premier. The party had lost two by-elections – Isis and Albert – and members were understandably […]

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

October 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Queensland Leadership – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Conservative Politics, Leadership, Politics, Queensland

The implications of (Joh’s) reign were clear as far back as Thursday, 25 May 1972, when, with McMahon leading Australia as Prime Minister, the Country party in Queensland took local full-page advertisements for the coming state election featuring pictures of Bjelke-Petersen with the headline: “While Australia searches for a leader Queensland has found Joh Bjelke-Petersen […]

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The Most Foolish Leader of the LPA since McMahon – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Most Foolish Leader of the LPA since McMahon – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Campaigning, Conservative Politics, Political Communication, Politics, Quotes

‘I am not saying the Leader of the Opposition (Downer) is a racist,’ he said over the din in the House. ‘I am saying he is the most foolish Leader of the Liberal Party since Billy McMahon.’

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Menzies and the Red Ensign – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Menzies and the Red Ensign – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Australian, Australiana, Communism, Conservative Politics, History

No-one manipulated symbols better than Menzies, including the Australian flag which he made official by an act of parliament without referendum or public debate. In the half century preceding, three flags had flown in Australia’s name in peace and war—the Union Jack, the Defaced Red Ensign and the Defaced Blue Ensign. The Blue Ensign had […]

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Keating on the Opposition – “Shut Up and Listen and You Might Learn Something” – Edna Carew and Patrick Cook

February 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Keating on the Opposition – “Shut Up and Listen and You Might Learn Something” – Edna Carew and Patrick Cook · Australian Labor Party, Conservative Politics, Economics, Policy, Politics, Power, Progressive Politics, Quotes

“You were heard in silence, so some of you scumbags on the front bench should just wait a minute until you hear the responses from me… You were in office from 1949 to 1983 bar three years…. And you left everything the way you found it. The place got old and tired and worn out, […]

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Any Break From Routine May Herald for Them Unbearable News – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou

February 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Any Break From Routine May Herald for Them Unbearable News – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou · Conservative Politics, Culture, History

Her apprehension was evident in the hurried movements around the kitchen and in her lonely fearing eyes. The Black woman in the South who raises sons, grandsons and nephews had her heartstrings tied to a hanging noose. Any break from routine may herald for them unbearable news. For this reason, Southern Blacks until the present […]

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