Dick Hamer: the liberal Liberal by Tim Colebatch

By Tim Colebatch

He used to be the reformer who made Victoria a pace-setter in social equality, the humanities, and the surroundings. He and his govt outfitted the underground rail loop, decriminalised homosexuality, abolished capital punishment, and outlawed sexual discrimination within the office.

Hamer and his staff ended the demolition of the internal suburbs, preserved the easiest of the state’s constructions and landscapes, and put aside huge components of various ecosystems as nationwide parks. They gave Melbourne key infrastructure akin to the West Gate Bridge and the Thomson Dam, prolonged the city’s tramlines for the 1st time in part a century, and outfitted artwork galleries, libraries, and theatres all around the country.

Yet Dick Hamer was once a Liberal: a Toorak boy expert at Victoria’s top colleges, who served for years less than the conservative Sir Henry Bolte earlier than taking the reins himself and making the Liberal social gathering a spearhead of reform from 1972 to 1981.

Hamer used to be a distinct form of baby-kisser. He used to be clever, fair-minded, courteous, and hard-working, and ruled with the longterm pursuits of his humans in brain. He by no means attempted to fabricate concerns or direct debates for non permanent political achieve.

Victorians regarded this, and elected him 3 times in a row as their greatest — the final Liberal top-rated in Australia to have accomplished this feat. He stands because the exemplar of vital characteristics within the Liberal culture. Dick Hamer: the liberal Liberal is the 1st biography to be written of this amazing guy, who so embodied a top quality now missing in our public existence: integrity.


‘[O]ne of the main compelling books on Australian politics i've got learn. The narrative is powerful and the prose is fluent. The ebook makes me fully grasp how, in writing the trendy heritage of the state, we too frequently specialise in federal politics, forgetting that the majority of the political judgements that formed human lives have been made faraway from Canberra.’ Australian ebook Review

‘In a robust box of contemporary political biographies and memoirs, this primary released biography of Dick Hamer is a so much welcome boost … Colebatch has performed an exceptional job.’ The Weekend Australian

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