The blog post takes an historical look at former leaders who served in the parliament through the lens of disability.
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On this day in 1966 Nedeljko Gajic was arrested in Braidwood after threatening a taxi driver. It was alleged by police that Gajic intended to ‘kill the head man of Australia, Mr Holt.’
100 years ago Australia was divided over the issue of conscription. Australia was one of the few countries without conscription, and Prime Minister Billy Hughes was determined to introduce it. Guest blogger Professor Joan Beaumont examines why the popular and bombastic Hughes, a man used to getting his own way by hook or by crook, failed in his mission.
Robert Menzies was prime minister for almost two decades in total, but he was also a man of many interests and talents. One of his interests was in film, and in 1954 he was presented with a gift that let him indulge that passion. The Menzies projector is a new acquisition into the MOAD collection that sheds light onto Menzies’ life outside politics.
Alf Stafford, a Gamilaroi and Darug man, joined the Commonwealth Transport Department in 1937. Over a 35 career, Stafford drove countless politicians, among them opposition leaders and 11 prime ministers, including Robert Menzies during his two stints as prime minister.
On this day in 1939, Australia lost its beloved prime minister. Joe Lyons’ death saw the elevation of Bob Menzies, and the alienation of Earle Page.
Prime Ministerial Chiefs of Staff have gone from backroom figures largely unknown to the public to making the headlines of the national media. They have even been described as ‘the hidden face of power’. But what is their actual role?
On this day in 1971, the ‘jack of all trades’ ascended unexpectedly to the prime ministership.
Fifty years ago, on 9th March 1966, Hubert Opperman, the Minister for Immigration in the Coalition government led by Prime Minister Harold Holt, initiated immigration reforms that led to the final abolition of the White Australia policy seven years later.
Fifty years ago, one of the most fundamental aspects of Australians’ lives underwent a radical transition.
Fifty years ago today in 1966, Harold Holt became Australia’s 17th prime minister. He took great personal satisfaction in his ascent to the role.
Robert Menzies resigned as prime minister 50 years ago today, ending the longest period – 16 years – as national leader in the history of Australian democracy.
The Museum of Australian Democracy collection contains Christmas cards for almost every year of Malcolm Fraser’s prime ministership.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reversed the decision of his predecessor, Tony Abbott, to reintroduce knighthoods and damehoods and has removed them from the Australian honours system.
As a student of politics and later as a political journalist, the Dismissal was a constant reference point – an Australian moment that has attracted, perhaps, more scholarship, journalism and cultural reflection than just about any other.
We have a new Cabinet! But what is it? And why isn’t it in the Constitution?
One characteristic shared by almost all former prime ministers is a reluctance to relinquish the office. What does one do after leaving the top job in the country?
Australia has a new PM, and for the third time in five years the transition of power has occurred as the result of a leadership spill in the government. But what is a leadership spill?
A small story, perfectly formed—thanks to Trove, the Australian War Memorial, good old Google and some New Jersey librarians.
Chris Lacey was born in Tasmania in 1948 and is a grandson of Joe and Dame Enid Lyons.