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Dick Hamer : the liberal Liberal / Tim Colebatch
Bib ID 8037937
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, online resource, volume]
Colebatch, Tim, author
Online Access
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Access Conditions National edeposit: Available onsite at national, state and territory libraries 
Description [Brunswick, Vic.] : Scribe Publications, 2015 
Brunswick, Victoria : Scribe Publications, 2014 
1 online resource (520 pages) 
ISBN 9781925113396 (EPUB)

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He was the reformer who made Victoria a leader in social equality, the arts, and the environment. He and his government built the underground rail loop, decriminalised homosexuality, abolished capital punishment, and outlawed sexual discrimination in the workplace. Hamer and his team ended the demolition of the inner suburbs, preserved the best of the state's buildings and landscapes, and set aside large areas of diverse ecosystems as national parks. They gave Melbourne key infrastructure such as the West Gate Bridge and the Thomson Dam, extended the city's tramlines for the first time in half a century, and built art galleries, libraries, and theatres all over the state. Yet Dick Hamer was a Liberal: a Toorak boy educated at Victoria's best schools, who served for years under the conservative Sir Henry Bolte before taking the reins himself and making the Liberal Party a spearhead of reform from 1972 to 1981. Hamer was a different kind of politician. He was intelligent, fair-minded, courteous, and hard-working, and governed with the longterm interests of his people in mind. He never tried to manufacture issues or direct debates for short-term political gain. Victorians recognised this, and elected him three times in a row as their premier - the last Liberal premier in Australia to have achieved this feat. He stands as the exemplar of important qualities in the Liberal tradition. Dick Hamer: the liberal Liberal is the first biography to be written of this remarkable man, who so embodied a quality now lacking in our public life: integrity. PRAISE FOR TIM COLEBATCH '[O]ne of the most compelling books on Australian politics I have read. The narrative is strong and the prose is fluent. The book makes me realise how, in writing the modern history of the nation, we too often focus on federal politics, forgetting that most of the political decisions that shaped human lives were made far from Canberra.' Australian Book Review 'In a strong field of recent political biographies and memoirs, this first published biography of Dick Hamer is a most welcome addition ... Colebatch has done an excellent job.' The Weekend Australian • Superbly written biography of this highly esteemed Liberal Party figure by respected former Age journalist • Ted Baillieu to launch a month before Victorian state election - expect a great deal of media interest • Hamer's liberal positions on environmental protection, economic and social policies and public transport show how far the modern Liberal Party has shifted to the right.

Full contents
  • About the Author; Dedication; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Epigraph; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I; 1 Beginnings; 2 Childhood; 3 From law to war; 4 Tobruk; 5 From El Alamein ; 6 To East Yarra; Part II; 7 Melbourne in the 1950s; 8 Politics before Bolte; 9 Henry Bolte; 10 Hamer enters politics; 11 Planning Melbourne; 12 The succession; Part III; 13 Hamer the man; 14 Hamer makes it happen; 15 Living with Whitlam; 16 Australia's most popular premier; 17 The Liberals turn right; Part IV; 18 Newport; 19 The land deals; 20 The economy, Malcolm Fraser, and the New Federalism.
  • 21 Two key reforms22 Planning and the Liberal Party; 23 Hanging from a cliff; 24 The casino; 25 1980; 26 Decline and fall; Coda; Life after politics; Dick Hamer: an assessment; Appendix A; Appendix B; Notes; For further reading.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Subjects Hamer, Dick.  |  Hamer, Rupert, Sir, 1916-2004.  |  Liberal Party of Australia. Victorian Division.  |  Liberal Party of Australia. Victorian Division.  |  Biography & Autobiography - Political.  |  History - Australia & Oceania.  |  Australasian & Pacific history.  |  Political Science - General.  |  Political Science - Leadership.  |  Politics & government.  |  Biography: historical, political & military.  |  Premiers (Australia)  |  Politicians.  |  Politics and government.  |  Prime ministers -- Australia -- Victoria -- Biography.  |  Premiers -- Australia -- Victoria -- Biography.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Victoria -- Biography.  |  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Political.  |  Premiers (Australia) -- Biography.  |  Politicians -- Victoria -- Biography.  |  Premiers -- Victoria -- Biography.  |  Victoria -- Politics and government -- 20th century.  |  Victoria -- Politics and government -- 1976-1990.  |  Victoria.  |  Australian
Form/genre Electronic books  |  Electronic books  |  Biography.
Other authors/contributors Scribe
Available From 18 - 20 Edward Street, Brunswick, Melbourne VIC 3056 

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