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  1. Relaxed & Comfortable - Chapter 2

    ... the responsibility of victory at the 1949 election, for the Liberal Party of Australia and its coalition partner, the Country Party. On the Movietone news ... party unity. Their opponents forced a vote on the wedge issue of the day, free trade versus protection, and Labor’s parliamentary ... of the State, and which was to give way was the delicate issue.” Deakin of course hoped it would be Labor, accepting that its future ... of their destiny, able to let down their guard and be relaxed and comfortable. Talking to people in their homes, Menzies was inviting listeners ...


  2. Relaxed & Comfortable - Chapter 3

    ... Howard’s thinking is not Australian and un-Australian, but Liberal and Labor. It is this opposition that fuels his aggression, feeds his ... what more is needed to explain his sudden abandonment of the Liberal Party’s commitment to states’ rights than that all states and ... to be the party best able to represent the interests of Australia as a whole. Does the party govern on behalf of the interests and ... to views which differ from his on the best way of advancing Australia’s national interest. Those who voice informed opinions which ... than won by the opposition. But in August the simmering issue of asylum seekers arriving by boat on the north coast of Australia became ... ideas and feelings about Australian politics today.  Relaxed & Comfortable - Chapter 3 ...


  3. Relaxed & Comfortable - Sources

    ... at much greater length in my two books on the history of the Liberal Party, Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People and Australian Liberals ... Hindsight , ABC, 1990. “We took the name Liberal”: Robert Menzies, Afternoon Light , Cassell, Melbourne, 1967, p. ... October 1944, cited in Graeme Starr, The Liberal Party of Australia: A Documentary History , Drummond/Heinemann, Richmond, 1980, p. 90. ... Private Sentiment and Political Culture in Menzies’ Australia , UNSW Press, Sydney, 2000, Chapter 8. Home ownership rates: Jim ... with the Aborigines , Institute for Public Affairs, Policy Issue no. 7, 1988, pp. 6–7. Pamela Williams, The Victory , Allen & ... Wars , Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2004, pp. 112–116. Relaxed & Comfortable - Sources ...


  4. Relaxed & Comfortable - Chapter 4

    ... their number men worldly and cultivated enough to represent Australia abroad with credit. The Liberals’ message to the electorate is: ... of a senior public servant, could have been a distinguished Liberal. Instead he joined Labor during World War II as the party of reform. ... promised. Howard’s claim that he would make Australians comfortable and relaxed again was a familiar one for a Liberal leader following a reforming ... majors, but change their vote on occasion, perhaps over an issue, or a candidate. And then there are the alienated who use their vote to ... moved either way, depending on how the leader played the issue. The place where Caroline feels most herself is her lounge room, as ...


  5. Relaxed & Comfortable - Chapter 5

    ... core of Howard’s support, the small-business heart of his Liberal Party. Every successful political leader has a core group, a ... of the professional middle class with their belief in a liberal education and culture. Sport interested him, but it was not his only source of recreational pleasure, and he took pride in Australia’s writers and artists as well as its cricketers. He supported and ... And it creates a unified national system in defiance of the Liberal Party’s commitment to federalism and states’ rights. It is, though, ... this essay are available at the end of the book. Relaxed & Comfortable - Chapter 5 ...


  6. Love & Money – Chapter 15

    ... National University. His latest book is Leadership and the Liberal Revival: Bolte, Askin and the Post-war Ascendancy . Bill Bowtell ... the Medicare health insurance system and was an architect of Australia’s successful and well-regarded response to HIV/AIDS. Judith Brett is the author of Quarterly Essay 19, Relaxed and Comfortable: The Liberal Party’s Australia , Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People and Australian Liberals ...


  7. A Time For War - Chapter 12

    RELAXED AND COMFORTABLE Correspondence Ian Marsh Judith Brett’s elegant account of the Liberal Party’s Australia rightly emphasises older nationalist and individualist themes that ... to my mind, could make a much bleaker picture. One core issue concerns the consequences of convergence between the major parties. ... this outcome. Although Howard flies the flag of the Liberal Party, his version owes nothing to Deakin and the tradition he ... if Brett’s essay should be retitled the Free Traders’ Australia? Further, in this Howard is abetted by the Labor Party, which itself ...


  8. A Time for War - Chapter 8

    RELAXED AND COMFORTABLE Correspondence David Kemp Judith Brett has once more shown herself to be one of the foremost commentators on the Liberal Party’s political role. It is really the fact that her essay is so ... prompted my response, because it would be too easy to take Relaxed and Comfortable as an assessment of the Howard years, which it is ... it is not Liberal policies that are responsible. When Australia prospers under the Menzies government, her comment is that “history ... control? The party was ultimately to break up over the issue. It is scarcely surprising, and certainly not reprehensible, that the ... who suffer. The final point with which I will take issue with Brett in this brief response is her statement that Howard has “no ...


  9. A Time For War - Chapter 10

    RELAXED AND COMFORTABLE Correspondence David Corlett In Relaxed and Comfortable my colleague in Politics at La Trobe University, ... wrote of the Howard government’s continuities with its Liberal Party traditions. Brett’s is a sober analysis and not one of moral ... radical than Relaxed and Comfortable suggests. The issue that is of most interest to me is how the Howard government has changed ... moved either way, depending on how the leader played the issue” – the question that begs asking remains unasked and unanswered: Why, ... from the Middle East and Central Asia were said to threaten Australia’s culture and way of life. Certain grisly forms of protest by ...


  10. A Time For War - Chapter 14

    RELAXED AND COMFORTABLE Response to Correspondence Judith Brett This semester ... Howard promised that he would make Australians again feel relaxed and comfortable about themselves and their past. In speech after speech, he evoked ... to change the nation fundamentally. Where once he spoke from Australia’s heart, he is now attacking the institutions on which ... that in my quest for continuities between Howard and the Liberal Party’s traditions, I do not pay enough attention to the ruptures, ... economy was a bit player in the 2004 election, but the real issue was Latham’s leadership credentials. Now Howard has chosen to fight on ...