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Tiberius with a telephone : the life and stories of William McMahon / Patrick Mullins
Bib ID 8038226
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, online resource]
Author
Mullins, Patrick, author
 
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Access Conditions National edeposit: Available onsite at national, state and territory libraries 
Description Brunswick, Victoria, Australia : Minneapolis, Minnesota : Scribe Publications, 2018 
©2018 
1 online resource. 
ISBN 9781925693324 (electronic book)
1925693325 (electronic book)
Invalid ISBN 9781911617860
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Summary

The oddly compelling story of a man regarded as Australia’s worst prime minister. William McMahon was a significant, if widely derided and disliked, figure in Australian politics in the second half of the twentieth century. This biography tells the story of his life, his career, and his doomed attempts to recast views of his much-maligned time as Australia’s prime minister. After a long ministerial career under Menzies, McMahon became treasurer under Harold Holt, and fought a fierce, bitter war over protectionism with John McEwen. Following Holt’s death in 1967, McEwen had his revenge by vetoing McMahon’s candidature for the Liberal Party’s leadership, and thus paved the way for John Gorton to become prime minister. But almost three years later, amid acrimony and division, McMahon would topple Gorton and fulfill his life’s ambition to become Australia’s prime minister. In office, McMahon worked furiously to enact an agenda that grappled with the profound changes reshaping Australia. He withdrew combat forces from Vietnam, legislated for Commonwealth government involvement in childcare, established the National Urban and Regional Development Authority and the first Department of the Environment, began phasing out the means test on pensions, sought to control foreign investments, and accelerated the timetable for the independence of Papua New Guinea. But his failures would overshadow his successes, and by the time of the 1972 election McMahon would lead a divided, tired, and rancorous party to defeat. A man whose life was coloured by tragedy, comedy, persistence, courage, farce, and failure, McMahon’s story has never been told at length. Tiberius with a Telephone fills that gap, using deep archival research and extensive interviews with McMahon’s contemporaries and colleagues. It is a tour de force — an authoritative and colourful account of a unique politician and a vital period in Australia’s history.

Full contents
  • Intro; About the Author; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; 1 End to End; 2 Building Character; 3 The Ghostwriter; 4 Shelter and the Law; 5 The Central Figure; 6 A Time of Transformation; 7 Rumours; 8 Lowe; 9 Gaps; 10 Red; 11 Disgust; 12 The Colours of Ambition; 13 The Undoctored Incident; 14 Control; 15 Perception; 16 War and Strife; 17 Exposure; 18 Preparing the Way; 19 Lauding the Headmaster; 20 Protection (I); 21 Protection (II); 22 The Story and the Fact; 23 Cold Water; 24 Privilege; 25 The New Man; 26 Fragments and Credit; 27 Subsequent Plots; 28 Loyalty; 29 A New Stage.
  • 30 Le Noir31 Battles; 32 A Transient Phantom?; 33 A Natural Development; 34 Activity and Responsibility; 35 The Crumbling Pillars (I); 36 The Crumbling Pillars (II); 37 The Crumbling Pillars (III); 38 The Crumbling Pillars (IV); 39 The Stories Told; 40 Survival Mode; 41 On Edge; 42 Constant Threats; 43 The Unequal Struggle; 44 Dither and Irresolution; 45 Tributes; 46 'Where We Are Heading'; 47 Finishing; 48 In Calm and in Crisis; 49 As Matters Stand; 50 In the Wilderness; 51 Never; 52 Persistence; 53 A Liberal View; Acknowledgements; McMahon government cabinet and ministry; Abbreviations.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI. Available via World Wide Web. 
Subjects McMahon, William, 1908-1988.  |  McMahon, William, 1908-1988.  |  Liberal Party of Australia.  |  Liberal Party of Australia.  |  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General.  |  HISTORY / Australia & New Zealand.  |  Politicians.  |  Politics and government.  |  Political Science - Practical Politics.  |  Biography & Autobiography - Political.  |  Political Science / World / Australian & Oceanian.  |  Biography & Autobiography - Presidents & Heads Of State.  |  Political leaders & leadership.  |  History - Australia & Oceania.  |  Australasian & Pacific history.  |  Political Science - General.  |  Politics & government.  |  Australia.  |  Biography: historical, political & military.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Australia.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1945-  |  Australian
Form/genre Electronic books  |  Biography.  |  Electronic books
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