'Inspiration was the thing'

'Inspiration was the thing'

The Whitlam Legacy

edited by Troy Bramston

The Federation Press, $59.95 hb, 541 pp, 9781862879034

Having edited multi-authored retrospectives of The Wran Era (2006) and The Hawke Government (2003) together with For the True Believers: Great Labor Speeches (2013), Troy Bramston has now turned his attention to The Whitlam Legacy. It is a comprehensive survey, not confined to assessments of how much the government’s initiatives remain influential (which might seem the main focus from the title). Such assessments are included, but there is so much else: reminiscences, policy appraisals, key documents, perspectives on the Dismissal, and a contribution by Gough Whitlam.

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Published in March 2014 no. 359
Ross McMullin

Ross McMullin

Ross McMullin’s most recent book, Farewell Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation (2012), was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and the National Cultural Award.

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