Australia's Prime Ministers: From Barton to Howard

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Rosenberg Publishing Pty, Limited, 2004 - Social Science - 328 pages
Since Federation Australia has had 25 Prime Ministers. Some have towered over their party, Parliament and the national scene. Others have been pushed about by events or their own colleagues even by Parliament. The contest for the Prime Ministership has come to resemble the presidential-style elections of the United States. It is a personality battle between two contenders, not one over ideas, principles, or even parties. Brian Carroll tells of all 25 Prime Ministers ?3long time survivors Bob Menzies, Billy Hughes, Joe Lyons, Malcolm Fraser, and Bob Hawke; of three timers Alfred Deakin and Andrew Fisher; of short-timers Earle Page, Frank Forde, and John McEwen. The book contains a chapter on possible future prime ministers - Latham, Costello and Abbott. Brian Carroll is a Melbourne-based freelance writer who has written several books on aspects of Australian history. He has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne, with honours in Australian history.
 

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Contents

High Hopes and Low Security
7
The Rejected
22
The Protectionist
40
The Pioneer
56
The Peoples Choice
69
The Little Digger
83
The Businessman
104
The Debater
118
The RunnerUp
168
The Undefeated
186
The Heir Apparent
201
The Loser
223
The Prefect
244
The Consensualist
258
The Deregulator
274
The Enigma
292

The Doctor
134
The Treasurer
152
Election 2004
312
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Brian Carroll is the author of Australia's Governors General

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