After a brief political campaign Australians all over their vast continent hurried to the polls last week to elect a new Federal Parliament. Fighting hard for re-election was Prime Minister Joseph Aloysius Lyons and his coalition Cabinet. Trying to unseat him was Laborite John Curtin, ex-newspaperman and able orator.

With the Sino-Japanese war bursting over the horizon, there was just one issue: National Defense, and both parties agreed that Australia's defenses needed patching. They split over method. Prime Minister Lyons took "Tune in with England" for his slogan, advocating closer co-operation with Britain in every field, that the British Navy...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!