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The Parallel Ambitions of Menzies and Evatt (Part I)

Politics or the Law?: Professor Geoffrey Blainey has unsurprisingly favoured readers of Quadrant (October 2023) with a very informed review, “The Great Bitter Rivalry”, of a very informative book, Anne Henderson’s Menzies versus Evatt: The Great Rivalry of Australian Politics (Connor Court, 2023). I propose to cast a few shafts of light on their contributions. Both authors traced the origins of Robert Gordon Menzies and Herbert Vere Evatt from modest provincial backgrounds in Victoria and New South Wales respectively through scholarships to outstanding degrees in Law and, in Evatt’s case, in Arts as well. I begin with the Engineers’ Case—their…

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