I am Bound to be True

The Life and Legacy of Arthur A. Calwell 1896 --1973

By Mary Elizabeth Calwell

I am Bound to be True

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  • ISBN: 9781625643124
  • Pages: 296
  • Publication Date: 8/9/2013
  • Retail Price: $40.00
Web Price: $32.00
Web Price: $32.00

I am Bound to be True

The Life and Legacy of Arthur A. Calwell 1896 --1973

By Mary Elizabeth Calwell

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781625643124
  • Pages: 296
  • Publication Date: 8/9/2013
  • Retail Price: $40.00
Web Price: $32.00

About-

Arthur Augustus Calwell (1896-1973) played a dominant role in Australia's development into a free, confident and independent nation in the twentieth century. This new biography tells the story of his life, career and achievements and argues that this knowledge is essential for understanding our Australian heritage and identity.

Arthur Calwell held major positions at most levels within the Australian Labor Party. He was a leader within the trade union, an elected member of Melbourne City Council, and had responsible positions in the Victorian Public Service before entering Federal Parliament as the Member for Melbourne (1940-1972).

He initiated and implemented policies that transformed Australia, enabling millions of migrants from several countries to migrate to Australia, making it the multicultural icon it has become today.

He experienced opposition for his religious and political values when B. A. Santamaria and his Movement tried to dominate the ALP. His principled decision to remain within the ALP at that time cost him dearly and he experienced a campaign of extraordinary malice. As Federal Leader of the ALP, he vigorously promoted Labor values and policies, and came close to winning the Federal Election of 1961.

Arthur Calwell was committed to serving the community rather than self-serving individualism. He defended parliamentary traditions and enjoyed personal friendships with many of his political opponents.

This biography, written by his daughter, offers a unique perspective of his life and legacy, and enables her to draw informed conclusions about Calwell's era and the huge challenges he and his colleagues overcame in times of war and peace.

Contributors-

Mary Elizabeth Calwell

Bio(s)-

Mary Elizabeth Calwell, the daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth Calwell, has been involved in the Australian Labor Party all her life. She was Vice president and Treasurer of her Local ALP Branch and a Delegate to the Victorian State conference for 17 years. She studied economics and history at the University of Melbourne and was awarded the degree Doctor of Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity on the basis of her extensive research into her father's life, faith and political achievements.

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