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Joseph Lyons PM: Labor ‘Rat’ or Pure Patriot?
Code: 217  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, History
Sunday, May 20 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Anne Henderson, Rodney Cavalier (facilitator)
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Little is known about Joseph Lyons, Australia’s tenth and one of the country’s most popular and long-serving Prime Ministers, partly because he deserted the ALP after having served as a minister in the Scullin government and has always been denounced as a “rat”. Equally, the conservatives have never given him his due. Anne Henderson’s biography is an attempt to set the record straight. She talks to Rodney Cavalier.

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Anne Henderson (Australian)

Anne Henderson is deputy director of The Sydney Institute which she has operated with her husband Gerard Henderson, a well-known political commentator, for the past 20 years. Anne also edits The Sydney Papers Online and co-edits The Sydney Institute Quarterly. She is the author of a number of non-fiction books including her most recent, the acclaimed biography of former prime minister Joseph Lyons.

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Rodney Cavalier (Australian)

Rodney Cavalier is a former Labor minister, and a historian of Australian politics and cricket. He edits a monthly newsletter circulating within the ALP, the only genuine Labor periodical in Australia. His book, Power Crisis: The self-destruction of a state Labor Party, was a remorseless examination of the structural weaknesses of a party that no longer has a base in the Australian community.