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First visit to Australia of a serving US president

October 1966 saw the first visit to Australia of a serving US President.
Dr Paul Loughnan discusses this visit in an extract from his PhD.

 

Controversy revisited

THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

SOH opening, 20 Oct 1973, from left,  Sir Roden Cutler,  Lady Cutler, Sir Robert Askin, Queen Elizabeth II, Lady Askin and
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh


Forty years after it opened, the three major protagonists, Utzon the architect, the Cahill Labor Government that instigated the project and the Askin Government that completed it each deserve their share of criticism and accolades.

 

Askin Arts Scholarships

BALLET SCHOLARSHIP

LADY MOLLIE ASKIN

OPERATIC SCHOLARSHIP

SIR ROBERT ASKIN

 

The John Maddison Tower

THE ASKIN GOVERNMENT AND LAW REFORM

John Maddison was Attorney General and Minister for Justice in the Askin Government. He was one of the most significant and influential progressive leaders of the NSW Liberal Party, a committed law reformer and an advocate for the rights of young people and the disadvantaged.


The new home of the Department of Justice and Attorney General's was dedicated to John Maddison in 1995.

 
 

Askin’s Government and Cabinet were comprised of MLA’s predominantly of the same ilk as John Maddison. Those from both sides of politics who offer comments on the Liberal Country Party Coalition Government 1965-75 would be well advised to apply logic, consideration and reflection before labelling them as corrupt.

 

What about the notorious

“SUMMARY OFFENCES ACT”

where all the “long haired, great unwashed” demonstrators were going to be rounded up and thrown into jail?

 

ARTICLE BY NICK HORDERN IN THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW, 2-MAY-17

Sydney, 1960s, corruption:
The problem lay with everyone

Nick Hordern is a former senior writer  at the Australian Financial Review who has also worked as a political staffer, diplomat and intelligence analyst.

 

ARTICLE BY NORMAN ABJORENSEN IN CRIKEY, 23-APR-07

Robert Askin:
the legacy that dare not speak its name

Dr Norman Abjorensen is a Visiting Fellow in the Policy and Governance Program at ANU. His book "Leadership and the liberal revival : Bolte, Askin and the post-war ascendendancy" was published in 2007.

 

Parliament of New South Wales

SIR ROBERT (ROBIN WILLIAM) ASKIN (1907 - 1981)

Official member service history

 

Australian Dictionary of Biography

ASKIN, SIR ROBERT WILLIAM (BOB) (1907–1981)

This biographical entry was written for the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) by Murray Goot and published by Macquarie University Press in Volume 17 of the ADB in 2007.