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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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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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National Party Freedom Bonds – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on National Party Freedom Bonds – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Queensland

For its part, the National Party – fighting its first state election under a new name – approached the election with patriotic fervour. So much so that in the campaign the party put “freedom bonds” up for sale at $10 to $100, making them, intentionally, like war bonds. The party justified this by saying 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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Politics and Travel – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Politics and Travel – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Politics

Bjelke-Petersen described flying as the “best relaxation apart from being home”: “You know when you get into a cockpit and get absorbed in all the instruments and takeoff and so on, it’s a tremendous feeling of relief just as you leave the ground to know that there’s no telephone, and to know that you’re right […]

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

October 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Karate Chop Political Advertising – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Campaigning, Economics, Political Communication

The big surprise (in 1974) was the defeat of Brisbane’s popular Lord Mayor, Alderman Clem Jones – or was it such a surprise, considering the advertising campaign mounted by his Liberal opponent, Don Cameron. He ran a series of television commercials in which he moved around in front of a big pile of roofing tiles […]

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

October 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Last Queensland Senate Seat – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Democracy, Politics, Queensland

In the event, the Whitlam government was re-elected (in 1974) – but in an election that was so close it took two weeks to be finally decided. And again it was Bjelke-Petersen who proved the biggest thorn in Labor’s side. While Labor held up pretty well in the rest of Australia it dropped 3.2% of […]

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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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