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  A Life on the Left: A Biography of Clyde Cameron
Life on the Left: Clyde Cameron

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 432 pages
Author: B. Guy
Year: 2001
Other Data: b&w photos, bibliog, index
ISBN: 1862544794

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Product Code: WAK039

The lives of a select number of Australians reflect and illuminate the life and times of the nation itself. This is the story of one such life. For over seventy years, Clyde Cameron has been a member of the Australian Labor Party; for just as long he has been a trade unionist. The ALP and the union movement have shaped his life and, in turn, he has done much to shape their history. Twice he played a crucial role in determining the direction taken by the Labor Party.

Cameron was born on the eve of World War U; he began work in the shearing sheds on the eve of the Great Depression; he is still working - as lecturer, author and historian - on the verge of the Millennium. He graduated from a shearer to a federal cabinet minister. As well as exploring a remarkable life, which a due share of personal tragedy, this biography examines its larger historical dimension. Cameron has been involved in many of the great political events of Australia since World War II ... the Petrov affair; the Labor Split of the 1950s; the Vietnam war; the quashing of Victoria's Socialist Left, which cleared the way for the election of the Whitlam Government in 1972; the dismissal of that Government three years later.

The sub-plot is a story of betrayal - the perceived betrayal of Labor idealists such as Cameron by the seeming abandonment of the party's traditions and principles in the later Hawke-Keating years. Cameron spells out his vision of a reinvigorated party with practical policies that would set a prosperous course for the nation in the 21st century. Add to this the account of one of the most fascinating feuds in Australian history - between union book Tom Dougherty and Cameron, the anti-corruption crusader - and the result is a book of sustained appeal.

 - Landmarks in a life
 - A sense of betrayal
Part 1: The Early Years 1913-1949
1. Mother and mentor
2. A Huckleberry childhood
3. Shearing-shed graduate
4. 'Shithouse' Cameron
5. Global war - industrial strife
6. The best of mates
7. Tom the Terrible
8. Tragedy and triumph
Part 2: Member of the Opposition 1949-1972
9. The member for Hindmarsh
10. Chifley, idol and model
11. A humiliation for Menzies
12. Splits and spies
13. Battle for the party
14. Tackling the tyrant
15. Death of a marriage
16. New leader, new broom
17. Crusader triumphant
18. The fraudulent war
19. The 'architect of victory'
20. Wife and political ally
21. Suicide or murder?
Part 3: In an out of Power 1972-1980
22. Out of the wilderness
23. Alarm at the White House
24. Clawed by the 'fat cats'
25. Re-slicing the national cake
26. Government on the precipice
27. The worst day in a life
28. Photographic memory
29. The Budget blockbuster
30. The politician as historian
31. Farewell to Parliament
Part 4: Life after Parliament 1981-
32. Campaign against the privateers
33. A Niagara of words
34. Still the working-class warrior
35. The case for and against
Postscript: Looking back - and forward
Clyde Cameron's political code
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