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People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Campaigning, Politics, US Politics, USA

People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you don’t have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you can’t afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting shot down by maniacs with assault rifles. You may be poor, […]

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

October 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Queensland and Medibank – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Health Policy, Policy, Queensland

In fact, there were many things that Labor did to put Queenslanders offside, and these ranged from kangaroo shooting to Medibank. Although the latter scheme was put into effect by a Queensland Politician, Bill Hayden of Ipswich, and with considerable administrative skill, there was one big political hitch which offended Queenslanders and this was the […]

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

October 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Bjelke-Petersen on Medicare – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Health Policy, Policy, Political Communication, Politics, Queensland

Mr Speaker, Throughout history, man has had to cope with many disasters. Some of these disasters have become household names – the Biblical Flood, the eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii, the Titanic. Well, as from Friday we can add another monumental disaster that will affect every household in Queensland and the rest of Australia […]

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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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