Gareth Evans

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Allen & Unwin, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 414 pages
Gareth Evans has been one of the most newsworthy politicians of the last three decades. Here is an account of his life from childhood to the present, a picture of the man in his times and a look at the influences that defined him as a politician - the student leader and young man stimulated by the intellectual ferment of the 1960s, the Vietnam years, the civil libertarian of the early 1970s, the up-and-coming politician inspired by the Whitlam Government, the pragmatic Labor minister, and the foreign minister appointed as the Cold War ended and the restructuring of global and regional order was up for debate.
For thirty years Gareth Evans has been at the heart of the struggle for reform - to remake the ALP in the wake of the Dismissal, to reform federal law, to make the Constitution fit the times, to respond to the legitimate aspirations of the original Australians, to give Australia an active place in the world.

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The Evanses of Yea
A Tramways Man
A Bright Boy
A Young Rationalist
Student Activist
Oxford and Marriage
A Modern Socialist in Victoria
Following Gough
Down the Mines
Front Man for Reform
A Foreign Minister for the Times
The Odd Man In
A Search for Community
International Statesman
Peaks and Troughs

An Intellectual Among Unionists
Lawyer and Libertarian
On the Make
Return to Opposition

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About the author (1999)

Keith Scott has worked as a journalist for the Canberra Times and the South China Morning Post. From 1990 to 1993 he was media advisor to Gareth Evans, then Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. He currently works for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and is researching a Masters thesis in political science.

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