Ninety Not Out: The Nationals 1920-2010

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UNSW Press, 2010 - History - 480 pages
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Focusing on the National Party, this history shares the extraordinary story of a political organization--large in grassroots members, yet small in parliamentary terms--that has made an enormous and largely unrecognized contribution to Australia’s social and economic development. A colorful and interesting read, this comprehensive study highlights the structure, achievements, failures, and internal conflicts of Australia’s second oldest political party. This informative record will especially interest those with a fascination for Australian political history.

 

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Contents

Flexing muscles
15
Runs on the board
31
Depression and Opposition
43
Tragedy triumph and downfall
53
Fadden takes the reins
69
Rocky years
85
Fadden to McEwen
102
The veto
121
An era ends dramatically
257
The brief reign ofCharles Blunt
275
Moulding party andCoalition interests
287
Is this the joy ofgovernment?
298
Delivering for the bush
316
Internal issues andinternational disaster
330
Timing for change
346
Rebelling or revertingto type?
363

New era new name
135
The night of the long prawns
149
The dismissal
163
Return to government
170
Innovation in difficult times
187
Back to Opposition
200
Joh for Canberra
214
Tentatively back to Coalition
240
The Nixon Report
248
Infiltrators and dissidents
370
Amalgamators
379
90 Not Out
391
Appendices
402
Notes
427
Select bibliographyand further reading
459
Index
462
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About the author (2010)

Paul Davey is a former journalist and and a former senior staffer for the National Party at federal and state levels. He is the author of Politics in the Blood: The Anthonys of Richmond and The Nationals: The Progressive, Country and National Party in New South Wales 1919?2006.

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