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The Whitlam Government: Barnard and Whitlam: A Significant Historical Dyad


Powell, M, The Whitlam Government: Barnard and Whitlam: A Significant Historical Dyad, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 43, (2) pp. 183-199. ISSN 0004-9522 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8497.1997.tb01387.x


On 8 February 1967 Gough Whitlam was elected Federal Labor leader with Lance Barnard as his deputy. It was the beginning of a remarkable partnership that was most aptly illustrated by the celebrated duumvirate, "the smallest government... since the brief Wellington Administration of 1834", when Whitlam and Barnard assumed government as a two-man ministry in December 1972. It was, however, a close relationship that went back to when they first entered Parliament. "Friendship is a delicate bloom which flourishes only rarely in the jungle of politics" and the Whitlam-Barnard connection was one that seemed to transcend the usual political "marriage of convenience", persisting beyond the inevitable tensions, and generating a unique and historically significant alliance, characterised by Kelly as "one of the most successful in recent years in Australian politics".

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Australian government and politics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Powell, M (Dr Michael Powell)
ID Code:11302
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2015-08-24

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