Australia: Election with Gusto

"You seem to conduct your politics with a fine 18th century gusto," Winston Churchill once told an Australian politician. Last week, as a three-week campaign for general elections ended, Churchill's observation was as accurate as ever.

Bushy-browed Prime Minister Robert G. Menzies, 66, seeking his sixth term as leader of the Liberal-Country Party coalition, called hecklers "ratbags," "yahoos,'' "silly goats." In Sydney, one inquisitor referred to a false rumor that Menzies had a weak heart, shouted to the Prime Minister: "How's your heart?" The grinning candidate yelled back: "A lot sounder than...

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