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Who should be in parliament?

Bolton, G. (1998) Who should be in parliament? Legislative Studies, 12 (2). pp. 76-79.

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Throughout nearly a hundred years of the Australian Commonwealth the cry has constantly gone up that our politicians are not as good as they used to be. Students in my political history class at Edith Cowan University have been heard to lament that we no longer produce giants of the stature of Whitlam and Fraser. In my recollection the era of Whitlam and Fraser gave rise to a lot of nostalgia for the great days of Curtin, Chifley and Menzies. Reaching further back into the recesses of memory, I find that Curtin and Menzies were often compared unfavourably with the likes of Alfred Deakin and Andrew Fisher. The only good politician is a dead one, or at least one so advanced into senior citizenship that the scars of controversy have faded.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Australasian Study of Parliament Group
Copyright: 1998 Australasian Study of Parliament Group
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