Robert Porter reviews 'Paul Hasluck' by Geoffrey Bolton

Robert Porter reviews 'Paul Hasluck' by Geoffrey Bolton

Paul Hasluck: A Life

by by Geoffrey Bolton

UWA Publishing, $49.99 pb, 575 pp, 9781742586588

Geoffrey Bolton has written a fine biography of one of Australia’s eminent sons, one not well recognised or widely remembered. Paul Meernaa Caedwalla Hasluck was born in Western Australia in 1905 and rose to become an accomplished journalist, a historian, public servant and diplomat, a minister of Parliament in the Menzies era, contender and possibly logical successor for prime minister, and governor-general. Each facet of Has-luck’s governmental career displayed a selfless commitment to duty, to the notion of governmental responsibility, as well as considerable achievements in the advancement of both the people of Papua and New Guinea, and policies in the Northern Territory relating to Aboriginal welfare.

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Robert Porter

Robert Porter is the author of an earlier biography of Paul Hasluck. This emanated from his PhD thesis, for which Geoffrey Bolton was an examiner.

Published in March 2015, no. 369

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