Writing political history: Joh Bjelke-Petersen and the 1970 leadership challenge

Hunt, Doug (2009) Writing political history: Joh Bjelke-Petersen and the 1970 leadership challenge. Queensland History Journal, 20 (10). pp. 470-494.

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Queensland from 1968 to 1987, is a prominent character in the history of the state. His premiership, personality and influence on political culture have been analysed at length by several observers. All agree that a failed party room challenge to his leadership in October 1970 was a defining moment in his career. Yet they have erred in significant details: from the simplest mistake in the number of Country Party parliamentarians, to the results of the leadership ballot. This paper demonstrates where and how previous versions are inaccurate, and proposes an account of the challenge that is substantiated by the evidence. The ‘coup’ is placed in the context of leadership challenges generally, and its impact on subsequent political history.

Item ID: 5605
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-1345
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2009 01:16
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified @ 60%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 40%
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