Curtin's Gift: Reinterpreting Australia's Greatest Prime Minister

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Allen & Unwin, Jan 1, 2005 - Australia - 198 pages
A fresh and thoughtful look at one of Australia's greatest prime ministers, John Curtin.
 

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Contents

Saint Jack
13
Bringing the troops home
27
Curtin as warlord
53
Jack Curtin and the Social Question
77
Jack Curtin MHR and the Great Depression
95
Prime Minister Curtin changes Australia
121
Curtin in the Australian story
157
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Page 3 - Without any inhibitions of any kind, I make it quite clear that Australia looks to America, free of any pangs as to our traditional links of kinship with the United Kingdom'.
Page 31 - the Australian government regards the Pacific struggle as primarily one in which the United States and Australia must have the fullest say in the direction of the democracies
Page 31 - we refuse to accept the dictum that the Pacific struggle must be treated as a subordinate segment of the general conflict
Page 49 - it is quite impossible to reverse a decision which we made with the utmost care and which we have affirmed and reaffirmed'.
Page 28 - Mussolini's fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder.
Page 33 - that if Japan invaded Australia or New Zealand, ‘the Middle East should be sacrificed to the defence of our
Page 69 - in the Pacific would be to seek the protection of the United States'.
Page 49 - We could not contemplate that you would refuse our request and that of the President'.
Page 3 - He would be a very dull person who could not discard all his preconceived ideas of strategy and war and who does not accept the fall of Singapore as involving a completely new situation'.
Page 169 - Rangoon, Singapore and, most likely; also Port Darwin will be in Japanese hands within a few weeks'.

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John Edwards, PhD, is Chief Economist at HSBC. A graduate of Sydney University and George Washington University, he was a journalist for twenty years before becoming a senior economic advisor to treasurer and then prime minister Paul Keating. Edwards began his career in journalism on the Australian Financial Review and was later political correspondent for The Australian and Washington correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald. In 1996 John published the best-selling biography, Paul Keating: the inside story. He was awarded the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Fellowship at Curtin University in 2000.

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