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Hasluck Confidential

Paul Hasluck: A Life by Geoffrey Bolton University of Western Australia Press, 2014, 575 pages, $49.99   More historian by nature than politician, Paul Hasluck (1905–1993) detested the culture of Canberra, and his political advancement was slowed by a refusal to promote himself, to scheme and lobby for portfolios or the top job. Though in private he could be fun-loving, display emotion, be impatient and lose his temper, to the general public he came across as humourless and grey. It would have been a risk for the Liberals to have elected him leader following the death of Harold Holt. Hasluck’s…

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