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What did McEwen do for Australia?
Sir John McEwen, GCMG, CH (29 March 1900 – 20 November 1980) was an Australian politician who served as the 18th Prime Minister of Australia, holding office from 19 December 1967 to 10 January 1968 in a caretaker capacity after the disappearance of Harold Holt. He was the leader of the Country Party from 1958 to 1971.
What is John Gorton remembered?
Sir John Grey Gorton GCMG, AC, CH (9 September 1911 – 19 May 2002) was the nineteenth Prime Minister of Australia, in office from 1968 to 1971. He led the Liberal Party during that time, having previously been a long-serving government minister. Gorton was born out of wedlock and had a turbulent childhood.
What did Harold Holt do for Australia?
Holt was elected deputy leader of the Liberal Party in 1956, and after the 1958 election replaced Arthur Fadden as Treasurer. He oversaw the creation of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the decimal Australian dollar, but was blamed for a credit crunch that almost cost the Coalition the 1961 election.
What did Gough Whitlam achieve?
The Whitlam government abolished the death penalty for federal crimes. Legal aid was established, with offices in each state capital. It abolished university fees, and established the Schools Commission to allocate funds to schools.
How old would Harold Holt be?
59 years (1908–1967)
Harold Holt/Age at death
Who was the longest running prime minister?
The prime minister with the longest single term was Sir Robert Walpole, lasting 20 years and 315 days from 3 April 1721 until 11 February 1742. This is also longer than the accumulated terms of any other prime minister. The shortest period in office is more confused, depending on the criteria.
Why is Sir John McEwen important to Australia?
Sir John was, by any measure, a significant figure in Australia’s recent history. As a former Prime Minister it is appropriate that this statue joins the growing number of such statues in the Parliamentary Triangle. Many present here today are, I suspect, Members of the National Party.
Who is the statue of Sir John McEwen?
Linda and I are delighted to be with you at this ceremony to unveil this statue of Sir John McEwen. Sir John was, by any measure, a significant figure in Australia’s recent history. As a former Prime Minister it is appropriate that this statue joins the growing number of such statues in the Parliamentary Triangle.
Why was John McEwen put in Parliamentary Zone?
The parliamentary zone is one of Australia’s symbolic spaces, representing the history, democracy, culture, people and identity of the nation. Critics of the project to add a bronze McEwen to the space argue Australia needs to think harder and deeper about how it represents itself and its history.
How did Sir John McEwen clash with Earle Page?
During the campaign McEwen clashed with (Sir) Earle Page, the party’s federal leader. When McEwen arrived in Canberra he made peace with the federal party, thereby earning the hostility of his former colleagues in the State branch.