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Simms, Marian: A Liberal Nation

Marian Simms

A Liberal Nation: The Liberal Party & Australian Politics, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1982

Traces the party’s development from its formation during World War II out of the wreckage of earlier parties of capital, its development as a party with a private enterprise philosophy and firm attitudes towards the Cold War, on to the emergence of a ‘New Right’ under the Malcolm Fraser of the 1970s. The history of post-World War II Australia can be seen through that of the party which ruled for thirty of the fifty years after 1945. In the early post-war years its philosophy matched the aspirations of a mass of Australians tired of wartime restrictions, leading to the Menzies landslide of 1949.