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The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Sena
by Millar, Ann

ISBN: 9780522850901
PUBLISHER: Melbourne University Press
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 600
DIMENSIONS: 25.4 x 18.4 x 4.3 centimetres 3.5 pounds

This second volume of The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate covers the period from 1929 to 1962. It contains individual articles on 103 male senators and one woman, the formidable Senator Agnes Robertson Robertson of Western Australia, and the three clerks who served them. This book reveals a very different Australia from that presented in the first volume. The vision of Australia as a fair and equitable society, cherished so confidently at the time of Federation, now has to be put into practice in the face of Depression and a second world war. In this volume we see senators grappling with an increasingly mechanised society, major industrial, economic and social problems and the growing complexities of public policy. Political parties, strongly influenced by economic conditions and rural politics, divide and re-group, and as the states recognise more and more the extent of Commonwealth power, the Senate asserts its constitutional equality with the House of Representatives. For the most part, the senators of this period are now little-known, but at the time they asserted a marked individuality, as the caricatures on the endpapers imply. At this period of history, party discipline did not suppress individual character. As the Clerk of the Senate, Harry Evans, writes in his introduction to the volume: 'All of these people are admirable for the varied contributions th

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