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dc.contributor.authorWilks, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-10T14:10:25Z
dc.date.available2021-02-10T14:10:25Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifierONIX_20201203_9781760463687_5
dc.identifier51073*
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/43141
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/33698
dc.description.abstractEarle Christmas Grafton Page (1880–1961) – surgeon, Country Party leader, treasurer and prime minister – was perhaps the most extraordinary visionary to hold high public office in twentieth-century Australia. Over decades, he made determined efforts to seize 'the psychological moment', and thereby realise his vision of a decentralised, regionalised and rationally ordered nation. Page’s unique dreaming of a very different Australia encompassed new states, hydroelectricity, economic planning, cooperative federalism and rural universities. His story casts light on the wider place in history of visions of national development. He was Australia’s most important advocate of developmentalism, the important yet little-studied stream of thought that assumes that governments can lead the nation to realise its economic potential. His audacious synthesis of ideas delineated and stretched the Australian political imagination. Page’s rich career confirms that Australia has long inspired popular ideals of national development, but also suggests that their practical implementation was increasingly challenged during the twentieth century. Effervescent, intelligent and somewhat eccentric, Page was one of Australia’s great optimists. Few Australian leaders who stood for so much have since been so neglected.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::B Biography & True Stories::BG Biography: general::BGH Biography: historical, political & military
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBJ Regional & national history::HBJM Australasian & Pacific history
dc.subject.otherEarle Page
dc.subject.otherdevelopment
dc.subject.otherAustralia
dc.subject.otherdecentralisation
dc.titleNow is the Psychological Moment'
dc.title.alternativeEarle Page and the Imagining of Australia
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.22459/NPM.2020
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy975ba519-3ce2-4517-95bf-b847729fbcf1
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_nameANU Press
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_websitehttp://press.anu.edu.au
oapen.imprintANU Press
oapen.pages412
oapen.place.publicationCanberra
dc.dateSubmitted2020-12-03T10:51:22Z


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