AUSTRALIA: The Great Game

Across the green leather benches and jarrah parquet floors of Canberra's House of Representatives the honorable members shouted and carried on like aborigines at a corroboree. Through three acrimonious days the Labor Government and the Opposition called each other names, including traitor. Then, after beating a no-confidence motion by one vote, Prime Minister John Curtin decided to take the issue to the country. A general election was slated for August.

The issue was strictly domestic politics. Dyspeptic John Curtin had angered the Opposition by declaring publicly that the Jap invasion threat had passed. That looked as if the Prime Minister,...

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