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CANBERRA OBSERVED Crikey, is nobody a true dinks Aussie these days?

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Hundreds of doctors call on AMA to withdraw defective statement on same-sex marriage

EUTHANASIA What disability advocates say about assisted suicide by Daniel Giles

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Triggs' one important contribution to rights by Greg Walsh

ENERGY High prices 'destroying the economy': Glencore

ENERGY Renewable energy barely even a fair weather friend

ECONOMICS The world it is a-changin': globalisation in crisis

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Gay Liberals' push out of step with LGBTI realities

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS South Africa is losing its rainbow nation credentials

MUSIC A moral scale: Does 'good' music make us better?

CINEMA War for the Planet of the Apes: Best-laid plans of apes and men

BOOK REVIEW Risk nothing; gain nothing

BOOK REVIEW The most infamous crime in history

POETRY

LETTERS

MORAL EDIFICATION A cartoon

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B.A. SANTAMARIA:
Running the Show. Selected Documents, 1939 - 1996

Patrick Morgan

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B.A. (Bob) Santamaria was perhaps the most controversial figure in recent Australian politics. An anti-Communist and devout Catholic, he was also one of the most prolific writers in Australia’s history and a strong campaigner for social justice, and his impact on this country’s social conscience was profound.

In the 1940s he founded the Movement in Australia, an anti-Communist organisation. He was known to earlier generations as a key figure in the tumultuous Split in the Australian Labor Party in the 1950s, and to later ones as a public commentator on his TV program Point of View and in his weekly column in The Australian.

Fiercely independent, he maintained his traditionalist stance, combatting communism in Asia and permissive and nihilistic trends in Western society, particularly in the field of bio-ethics.

Writing was a key part of his political activity – on every matter of importance to him he turned out exhaustive analyses and rejoinders. Running the Show features some of the many unpublished documents Santamaria produced during his six decades of continuous public activity. It includes speeches, strategic papers, reports to his superiors, memos to politicians, positions papers, personal statements, aides-mémoire and political analyses.

Running the Show throws new light on a number of crucial episodes in Santamaria’ career. In the poet James McAuley’s words, he “set a match against the age’s mind”.

About the editor

Patrick Morgan is a Victorian writer and academic who has published an award-winning regional history, edited texts on Australian literature, and written regularly in magazines such as Quadrant on current affairs, including on the connections between religion and politics. He is also the editor of the bestselling book, Your Most Obedient Servant: B.A. Santamaria Selected Letters, 1938-1996.


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