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Decimal currency: Royal Australian Mint marks 50th anniversary of introduction of dollars

ABC Online - ‎16 hours ago‎
If Australia's longest-serving prime minister Sir Robert Menzies had had his way, this weekend would mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the royal.

Turnbull should find his inner Gough and bring Assange home

Echonetdaily - ‎7 hours ago‎
After Burchett lost his passport in 1955, prime minister Robert Menzies issued a directive that the Melbourne-born war correspondent should not be issued with a new one.
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Barnaby Joyce is mad and knows it

The Australian Financial Review - ‎18 hours ago‎
Fadden was a maverick and served briefly as Australia's 13th prime minister on Robert Menzies's resignation in 1941 after the latter lost the confidence of colleagues.

The Canberra Air Disaster: a 'turning point in Australian history'

ABC Online - ‎Feb 7, 2016‎
More than 70 years later debate continues over who was piloting the aircraft on approach to Canberra Airport, as well as identification of the crash victims and their burial.

Molly leads swag of Aussie biopics

The Mercury - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
Former Prime Minister John Howard will present a documentary series on Australia's longest serving Prime Minister, Robert Menzies. Producers are hoping to secure funding for projects including Mystify, the story of INXS singer Michael Hutchence.

What would Tony Abbott have done on GST reform?

The Age - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
He eclipsed Bob Hawke's record and became the second longest-serving prime minister after Robert Menzies. But it could have been so different.

Before Harold Holt saw cents, there was a right royal runaround en route to dollar we call our own

Warrnambool Standard - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Some blamed Menzies' royalist sympathies for the choice. Graeme A. Hood from Flemington wrote: "When the sentimentality of a Prime Minister takes precedence over the wishes of the people one begins to wonder just what sort of government we have.
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Reform hits tax dodge hurdle

The West Australian - ‎Feb 7, 2016‎
COMMENT: If Scott Morrison is serious about tax reform, he will take on the legacy of Robert Menzies. A 60-year-old Menzian tax dodge is emblematic of the issues at play in the entire tax system.

Double dissolution could be Turnbull's ticket to corral senators

The Australian - ‎Feb 5, 2016‎
Robert Menzies led the Liberal Party to victory in December 1949 but Labor retained a Senate majority. When Labor showed signs of blocking the Coalition's deregulatory banking legislation, Menzies went to the governor-general, Sir William McKell, and ...

Mr Stinky: The story of a brutal murderer and rapist spanning three decades

Herald Sun - ‎Feb 6, 2016‎
The Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, has announced his retirement. The countdown to decimal currency, dollars and cents, is down to three days.

Coin designer Stuart Devlin reflects on decimal currency's 50th anniversary

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎Feb 6, 2016‎
Decimal currency's arrival on St Valentine's Day 50 years ago required a public education program. Simple enough. "Even morons can count up to 10," a business academic helpfully offered at the time.

Carlo's Corner: Green Left — 25 years old and still useful to McCarthyites everywhere

Green Left Weekly - ‎Feb 7, 2016‎
No, there can be little doubt Albanese has his finger on the pulse here. It may be the 21st century, but red-baiting rhetoric cribbed from a 1951 speech by Sir Robert Menzies is absolutely where it is at. Stiil, should Albanese's response to Casey not ...

Media Watch Dog: Waleed Aly all criticism, no solution; Fran Kelly fails the double-dissolution test

The Australian - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
In April 1951 Robert Menzies obtained a double dissolution from the governor-general, Sir William McKell, after Labor sent the Coalition's banking legislation to a select committee without defeating it in the Senate.

Jack the Insider: Trump is really Clive Palmer but in a better suit

The Australian (blog) - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
There was a mobile image of Sir Robert Menzies, his fiercely benevolent image twirling about on stage, garishly reanimated while Clive stood alongside with the thumbs up.

Lacking a script, individuals drove the evolution of prime ministerial power

The Conversation AU - ‎Feb 1, 2016‎
Instead of being able to leverage it to strengthen the office, Menzies had been overwhelmed by the divisions that the challenge had created in his party and across the country.

Sex, drugs and Molly Meldrum: behind the scenes of counter-culture mag Go-Set

Crikey (registration) - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
When Go-Set began, Sir Robert Menzies was prime minister. Eight years and four Coalition PMs later, when Go-Set folded, Gough Whitlam's Labor government was in charge.

'Pyles' of talent waiting to be unleashed on the people in a TV first

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎Jan 29, 2016‎
Of course, Australian politicians have been wrestling with quasi media careers since Robert Menzies was advised to trim his eyebrows for television appearances in the 1961 federal election.

Fringe World 2016: Freo Royale comedy marathon struggles to go the distance

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎Jan 28, 2016‎
The beer-soaked carpet - which looked like it had been there since Robert Menzies was in power - has these mountainous lumps in it, as if it was laid around the drunks that had passed out on the floor.

The long, stony road of Liberal Party division in NSW

The Australian Financial Review - ‎Jan 29, 2016‎
... of faction fighting which, as the Tom Hughes-Berowra story attests, goes back decades. Its origins date back even further. When Robert Menzies formed the Liberal Party in 1944, it was made up of MPs and party members from the old United Australia ...
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Mungo: Abbott clings on to his legacy – and his seat

Echonetdaily - ‎Feb 1, 2016‎
And it is worth remembering that even Churchill, as a peacetime prime minister, was hardly an unblemished triumph. In Australia, of course, the big success story is Robert Menzies, tossed out in the early days of the Second World War. He came back to ...