Australia: Landslide Down Under

At a meeting in Victoria, campaigning Prime Minister Sir Robert Gordon Menzies was interrupted by a woman who asked what he proposed to do for young married people. "Madam," Menzies shot back, "I gather you are neither young nor married."

Though 68 and rumored in poor health, Menzies on the stump was brimming with energy, showing himself by turns genial, scornful and witty. Since 1961 his government had balanced on the razor edge of a slender majority of two in Australia's House of Representatives. By calling national elections a year earlier than...

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