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Gareth Evans Maintains The Rage

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Sir John Kerr was the worst of Australia’s Governors-General and his legacy was to delay the emergence of an Australian republic, former Labor minister Gareth Evans will tell a seminar today.

Professor Evans will say that Sir John, who dismissed Gough Whitlam from the prime ministership, had a “catastrophic” tenure.

It was not marked by dignity, competence or effectiveness. He showed “far less dispassionate non-partisanship than any politician incumbent of the office [of Governor General].”

Professor Evans, Chancellor of the Australian National University, will open the seminar on “Values and Visions of Australia’s Governors-General,” at ANU. [Read more…]


Howard And Latham Meet In Election Debate

Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Mark Latham have debated each other on national television.

It was the only debate between the two leaders during the 2004 federal election.

The debate, on Channel 9, featured a panel of journalists: Laurie Oakes, Michelle Grattan, Malcolm Farr and Jim Middleton. [Read more…]


Peter Costello on Australian Prime Ministers

This is the text of a speech given by the Treasurer, Peter Costello, on launching “Australian Prime Ministers”, a book edited by Michelle Grattan.

Text of speech by Treasurer Peter Costello at launch of Michelle Grattan’s “Australian Prime Ministers”.

Peter Costello, Federal Treasurer and Deputy Leader of the Liberal PartyOne of the reasons this book has been published is that research commissioned by the National Council for the Centenary of Federation showed 64 per cent of Australians did not know the name of Australia’s first Prime Minister.

Apparently Australians were far more comfortable identifying the first President of the United States than in identifying the first Australian Prime Minister Edmund Barton. [Read more…]


Leaders’ Debate: 1984 Federal Election

The two major party leaders met in a televised election debate on November 26, 1984, five days before the election.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke (ALP) debated Opposition Leader Andrew Peacock (Liberal) in a debate moderated by Ken Randall, the president of the National Press Club.

A panel of journalists asked questions: Michelle Grattan, Robert Haupt, Richard Carleton, Peter Bowers, Laurie Oakes and Ken Begg. [Read more…]