Robert Menzies

the art of politics


Author: Troy Bramston

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 1925693503

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 9316

A revelatory biography of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister. Robert Menzies claimed the prime ministership in 1939 and led the nation during the early years of the war, but resigned two years later when he lost the confidence of his party. His political career seemed over, and yet he staged one of the great comebacks to forge a new political party, devise a new governing philosophy, and craft a winning electoral approach that as to make him Australia’s longest-serving prime minister. The lessons Menzies learned — and the way he applied them — made him a model that every Liberal leader since has looked to for inspiration. But debate over Menzies’ life and legacy has never settled. Who was Robert Menzies, what did he stand for, what did he achieve? Troy Bramston has not only researched the official record and published accounts, but has also interviewed members of Menzies’ family, and his former advisers and ministers. He has also been given exclusive access to family letters, as well as to a series of interviews that Menzies gave that have never been revealed before. They are a major historical find, in which Menzies talks about his life, reflects on political events and personalities, offers political lessons, and candidly assesses his successors. Robert Menzies is the first biography in 20 years of the Liberal icon — and it contains important contemporary lessons for those who want to understand, and master, the art and science of politics.

The Uses of Art


Author: Lisanne Gibson

Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press

ISBN: 9780702232046

Category: Art

Page: 173

View: 783

The first overview of Australia's public arts - buildings, sculptures and installations for the community - from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. It explores how the government has institutionalised and subsidised the arts for public use, and illustrates historically government's rationale in bringing culture to the public, particularly to those perceived as 'the culturally impoverished'.

Speaking For Australia

Parliamentary Speeches That Shaped The Nation


Author: Charles Roderick Kemp,Marion Stanton

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781741154474

Category: Political Science

Page: 335

View: 1707

Parliament lies at the heart of Australian life, from irrigation channels to immigration quotas, from wars to women's rights, the concerns of the nation are reflected in the speeches of its representatives. This book is a fascinating record of a century of Australian public life.

The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies


Author: Bernard Cohen

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

ISBN: 1460701046

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 3678

This is satire at its irreverent best. Bernard Cohen is back with a novel that makes Australian politics interesting again. A witty, irreverent and intelligent satire of Australian politics. A soon-to-be-elected Australian prime minister invokes the spirit of Sir Robert Menzies and astonishingly, the Great Man rises from the grave. But in Canberra, amongst the nation's leaders, the revived Menzies is rarely listened to and hardly visible. Increasingly discontented with his role as mere nostalgic symbol, Menzies escapes from Canberra. He runs westward, becoming larger and more powerful as he runs. this, perhaps the most significant untold story in Australian political history, lands in the lap of the Antibiographer, whose contracted book on Menzies is years behind schedule. Could this be the break the Antibiographer needs to redeem his career? Will he be able to track down the Menziean colossus and save his book and reputation? And can the out-of-control Menzies ever be contained? the Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies is playful, lyrical, surprisingly poignant and very funny. "Gutsy and iconoclastic. Satire should always be this inventive and insightful." - Nigel Krauth "Entertaining and impressive work ... one is left with resonances of the Menzies voice and character, both Beowulf and Grendel." - Brian Castro

Australian Political Lives

Chronicling Political Careers and Administrative Histories


Author: John Nethercote,Tracey Arklay,John Wanna

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 1920942742

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 130

View: 8531

This monograph brings together some of the best practitioners of the art and craft of political biography in Australia. They are simultaneously some of our best scholars who, at least in part, have turned their attention to writing Australian political lives. They are not merely chroniclers of our times but multidisciplinary analysts constructing layers of explanation and theoretical insight. They include academic, professional and amateur biographers; scholars from a range of disciplines (politics, history, sociology, public administration, gender studies); and politicians who for a time strutted the political stage. The assembled papers explore the strengths and weaknesses of the biographical approach; the enjoyment it can deliver; the problems and frustrations of writing biographies; and the various ways the 'project' can be approached by those constructing these lives. They probe the art and craft of the political biographer.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership


Author: R. A. W. Rhodes,Paul 't Hart

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191645869

Category: Political Science

Page: 800

View: 5550

Political leadership has made a comeback. It was studied intensively not only by political scientists but also by political sociologists and psychologists, Sovietologists, political anthropologists, and by scholars in comparative and development studies from the 1940s to the 1970s. Thereafter, the field lost its way with the rise of structuralism, neo-institutionalism, and rational choice approaches to the study of politics, government, and governance. Recently, however, students of politics have returned to studying the role of individual leaders and the exercise of leadership to explain political outcomes. The list of topics is nigh endless: elections, conflict management, public policy, government popularity, development, governance networks, and regional integration. In the media age, leaders are presented and stage-managed—spun—as the solution to almost every social problem. Through the mass media and the Internet, citizens and professional observers follow the rise, impact, and fall of senior political officeholders at closer quarters than ever before. This Handbook encapsulates the resurgence by asking, where are we today? It orders the multidisciplinary field by identifying the distinct and distinctive contributions of the disciplines. It meets the urgent need to take stock. It brings together scholars from around the world, encouraging a comparative perspective, to provide a comprehensive coverage of all the major disciplines, methods, and regions. It showcases both the normative and empirical traditions in political leadership studies, and juxtaposes behavioural, institutional, and interpretive approaches. It covers formal, office-based as well as informal, emergent political leadership, and in both democratic and undemocratic polities.

The Menzies Era

A Reappraisal of Government, Politics and Policy


Author: Scott Prasser,J. R. Nethercote,John Warhurst

Publisher: N.A


Category: Australia

Page: 278

View: 2335

This analysis of former prime minister Robert Menzies and his era is based on new research. Reviews the workings and achievements of the Menzies government and presents a framework for assessing its historical importance and impact. The eight contributors are well qualified in various fields such as political science, history and international relations, and have published widely.

Howard: The Art of Persuasion : Selected Speeches 1995-2016


Author: John Howard

Publisher: Jeparit Press

ISBN: 9781925501872

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 400

View: 7227

"The essence of a good speech is that the speaker should have something to say which he is resolved to convey to his listeners in the simplest, most intelligible, and most persuasive language." -- Sir Robert Menzies 'If you want to govern a free people successfully for four terms, here's how.' -- John O'Sullivan. John Howard could convey more in a single speech than lesser politicians articulate in a lifetime. Through tragedy, discord and triumph, he addressed the mood of the nation with uncommon good sense. This selection is a reminder of the values and conviction that made our second longest serving prime minister such a persuasive orator. Editor David Furse-Roberts is Research Fellow at the Menzies Research Centre. He holds a PhD in history from the University of New South Wales and is the editor of Menzies: The Forgotten Speeches.