McLaren, John, ed.: Towards a New Australia

John McLaren, ed.

Towards a New Australia: Under a Labor Government, Cheshire for the Victorian Fabian Society, Melbourne, 1972

Beyond its policies and plans for an imminent Labor Government (set out in chapters by Gough Whitlam and future Ministers) the book is a portrait of moderate Labor thinking after 23 years of conservative government. Someone wrote in the 1980s that 1972 was the best year in Australian history up till then – a relatively benign government that had presided over a period of prosperity and national development was about to be replaced by a ‘new look’, confident Labor Party – and this book was a text for many hopeful acolytes.

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