The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate Volume 2

Ann Millar
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The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate Volume 2

Published

15 June 2004

ISBN

9780522850901

Weight

1645g

Size

254mm x 184mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate Volume 2

Ann Millar
This second volume of The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate covers the period from 1929 to 1962.

The second volume of The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate contains individual articles on 103 male senators and one woman, the spirited Senator Agnes Robertson Robertson of Western Australia, and the three clerks who served them.

This book presents a very different Australia from that revealled in Volume 1 of the Biographical Dictionary (MUP, 2000). The vision of Australia as a fair and equitable society, cherished so confidently at the time of Federation, now has to be put into practice in the face of the Depression and the Second World War. We see senators grappling with an increasingly mechanised society, major industrial, economic and social problems and the growing complexities of public policy. Political parties, strongly influenced by economic conditions and rural politics, divide and re-group, and as the six states recognise more and more the extent of Commonwealth power, the Senate asserts its constitutional equality with the House…

The second volume of The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate contains individual articles on 103 male senators and one woman, the spirited Senator Agnes Robertson Robertson of Western Australia, and the three clerks who served them.

This book presents a very different Australia from that revealled in Volume 1 of the Biographical Dictionary (MUP, 2000). The vision of Australia as a fair and equitable society, cherished so confidently at the time of Federation, now has to be put into practice in the face of the Depression and the Second World War. We see senators grappling with an increasingly mechanised society, major industrial, economic and social problems and the growing complexities of public policy. Political parties, strongly influenced by economic conditions and rural politics, divide and re-group, and as the six states recognise more and more the extent of Commonwealth power, the Senate asserts its constitutional equality with the House of Representatives.

For the most part, these senators are now little-known but, at the time, they asserted a marked individuality, as the caricatures on the endpapers imply. At this period of history, party discipline was not such as to suppress individual character.

Ann Millar

Ann Millar was associated with the formative stages of the Biographical Dictionary Of The Australian Senate in the early 1990s, and has been editor of the work and Director of the Biographical Dictionary Unit since the unit's establishment in 1997. She has written also on the role of women in the Federal Parliament.

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