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Entries from August 31st, 2011

Jailing Murdoch? – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Jailing Murdoch? – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin · Australian Labor Party, Journalism, Politics, The Media, War, WW2

During 1942 Labor’s opponents kept trumpeting Australia’s need for one army (combining volunteers and conscripts) which could be utilised wherever appropriate. They knew this would mean in effect the introduction of conscription for overseas service, the very issue which had smashed the ALP during the previous world war; they were hoping for a repetition, but […]

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Curtin, Murdoch and Defamation – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Curtin, Murdoch and Defamation – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin · Australian Labor Party, Journalism, Politics, The Media, War, WW2

Curtin had a higher regard than most politicians for journalists’ trustworthiness. His normal practice was to have an informal gathering twice a day with the ‘travelling circus’ of senior correspondents who accompanied him during the war. However, he was disappointed to find that his faith in working journalists was not always justified. Furthermore, Curtin was […]

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Leadership and Pigeons – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Leadership and Pigeons – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin · Conservative Politics, History, Leadership, Politics, Quotes, War, WW2

The Menzies government sank into disarray after its leader returned to Australia in May 1941. By now (Billy Hughes) was saying that Menzies ‘couldn’t lead a flock of homing pigeons.’

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Star Candidates, the Old Fashioned Way – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Star Candidates, the Old Fashioned Way – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, Campaigning, History, Politics

Insatiably ambitious, utterly self-confident, and convinced that his country needed him in its hour of crisis, (then High Court justice) Doc Evatt seemed to many Labor enthusiasts like a conquering knight on a prancing white charger, but overturning preselection arrangements for even the most glamorous candidate was no easy task. Eventually he was invited to […]

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Hitler’s Eyes are on Corio – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Hitler’s Eyes are on Corio – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, Campaigning, History, Politics, Security Policy, War, WW2

Early in 1940 a federal by-election was created in Corio when Menzies appointed one of his senior ministers, R.G. Casey to the newly created post of Australian ambassador to the United States. Menzies was pleased to have removed on of his leadership rivals, but the ploy backfired. In the by-election the voters ignored his fatuous […]

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The Disappointments of the ALP – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Disappointments of the ALP – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, History, Ideology, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

Despite disheartening episodes and eras the ALP has displayed an admirable resilience throughout its history. With the party’s disappointing performance since 1915 very much in mind, one observer concluded (in 1935) that the ALP: “Has been burdened with careerists, turncoats, hypocrites, outright scoundrels, stuffy functionaries devoid of sense and imagination, bellowing enemies of critical intelligence, […]

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There is Always Something – “All The King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren

August 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on There is Always Something – “All The King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren · Campaigning, Politics, Prose, Religion, US Politics

Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud. There is always something.

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Dirt – “All The King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren.

August 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Dirt – “All The King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren. · Campaigning, Means and Ends, Political Communication, Politics, Prose, US Politics

Dirt’s a funny thing. Come to think of it, there ain’t a thing but dirt on this green God’s globe except what’s under water, and that’s dirt too. It’s dirt makes the grass grow. A diamond ain’t a thing in the world but a piece of dirt that got awful hot. And God-a-Mighty picked up […]

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Depression Era Labor Premier Forgan Smith…. no invisible hands here!

August 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Depression Era Labor Premier Forgan Smith…. no invisible hands here! · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, Policy, Politics

Depression Era Labor Premier Forgan Smith…. no invisible hands here!

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You Bloody Woman – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on You Bloody Woman – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, History, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

Asked for his views by Theodore during the deliberations, Hill replied ‘I can’t really make up my mind… I don’t know’. ‘You bloody old woman,’ Theodore snapped, ‘you haven’t got a mind to make up.’

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