The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate

Volume 3, 1962–1983
With an introduction by Harry Evans

The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate Volume 3 The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate is an authoritative work of reference on the lives and careers of senators of the Australian Parliament. This third volume contains articles on the 104 senators and four Clerks of the Senate whose parliamentary service ended between 1962 and 1983, a period of rapid social and political change. The final Menzies years, the conflicts over the Vietnam War, Labor’s triumph of 1972 and the drama of the dismissal of the Whitlam government are all seen through the prism of these senators’ stories. Emboldened by the expansion of the Senate committee system, senators influenced public policy and held government to account to an extent not seen before.

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The life stories include some well-known figures such as the first prime minister from the Senate, John Gorton and the energetic legislator and later High Court Judge Lionel Murphy. Perhaps the book’s greatest contribution is in highlighting the achievements of some of the Senate’s trailblazers: the first Aboriginal senator Neville Bonner, first Jewish senator Sam Cohen, the first ACT senator John Knight and a cohort of pioneering women in the Senate who followed the election of Dorothy Tangney in 1943.

About the Editors

Ann Millar founded the Biographical Dictionary project in the 1990s. An officer of the Australian Senate and a leading parliamentary researcher and writer, she was sole editor of the first two volumes, and has also written on the role of women in the Australian Parliament. Ann Millar retired from the Department of the Senate in 2008.

Geoffrey Browne has worked with the Senate Biographical Dictionary Unit since 2006, and became editor in 2008. He has been involved in biographical research and writing since 1979, including a long association with the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate, Volume 3, is published by University of New South Wales Press Ltd in association with the Department of the Senate.

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Previous Volumes

The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate Volume 1The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate Volume 2

The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate, Volumes 1 and 2, are published by Melbourne University Publishing in association with the Department of the Senate.

Available throughout Australia, both volumes can be ordered by completing the order form below.

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