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COVER STORY Morrison's budget jive lacks inherent harmony

CANBERRA OBSERVED Does budget do heavy lifting or is it "Labor lite"?

NEW ZEALAND Porn poll shows strong majority supports default opt-out policy to protect kids online

FRANCE Emmanuel Macron: a president without a political base

YOUNG POLITICAL ACTIVIST TRAINING (YPAT) Seven-day intensive course without equal in Australia

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Taiwan to go full steam ahead with submarines

RURAL AFFAIRS Murray Goulburn closures an omen of an industry in crisis

CLIMATE SCIENCE Temperature hasn't risen in 20 years: latest data

QUEENSLAND ENERGY 50 per cent renewables target: Is it credible?

LITERATURE Inexplicable: the ongoing appeal of H.P. Lovecraft

LITERATURE The gentle giant: Samuel Johnson

MUSIC Promissory notes: the public funding siphon

CINEMA Going in Style: Old dogs turned rookie robbers

LETTERS

BOOK REVIEW An abstemious revolutionary

BOOK REVIEW Soviet-era thriller revels in details

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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 Running the Show features some of the many unpublished documents Santamaria produced during his six decades of continuous public activity.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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