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  • Dedication: For three Australians Justine, Sophie and Sebastion.

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Biography and the Rehabilitation of the Subject : The Case of John Gorton Ian Hancock , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Political Lives : Chronicling Political Careers and Administrative Histories 2006; (p. 61-64)

'When I was an undergraduate, some years ago, I read a comment on biography by Sir Lewis Namier, the magisterial historian of eighteenth century British politics. Namier thought that someone embarking on a biography was no better qualified for the task than a woman who applied for the position of minding children and said in support of her application that she herself had once been a child. No doubt with the advancement of so many academic disciplines and the multi-skilling of so many academics, Namier’s dismissal of biography is now out of date for most biographers. But not so in my case. When, therefore, I was commissioned to write a biography of Sir John Gorton (2002), a chapter on Sir Robert Askin (2006) and a long entry on Harold Holt in the Australian Dictionary of Biography (1996), I realised that my immediate problem was myself. Very simply, my qualifications, let alone my experience, did not equip me for the task.'  (Introduction)

Untitled Judith Brett , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Politics and History , vol. 49 no. 1 2003; (p. 133-135)

— Review of John Gorton : He Did It His Way Ian Hancock , 2002 single work biography
Kinship of Failure Tim Rowse , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 62 no. 1 2003; (p. 168-175)

— Review of John Gorton : He Did It His Way Ian Hancock , 2002 single work biography ; Keeper of the Faith : A Biography of Jim Cairns Paul Strangio , 2002 single work biography
A Knockabout Bloke John Button , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2002 2002; (p. 44-47) Eureka Street , June vol. 12 no. 5 2002; (p. 39-40)

— Review of John Gorton : He Did It His Way Ian Hancock , 2002 single work biography
A Knockabout Bloke John Button , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2002 2002; (p. 44-47) Eureka Street , June vol. 12 no. 5 2002; (p. 39-40)

— Review of John Gorton : He Did It His Way Ian Hancock , 2002 single work biography
Kinship of Failure Tim Rowse , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 62 no. 1 2003; (p. 168-175)

— Review of John Gorton : He Did It His Way Ian Hancock , 2002 single work biography ; Keeper of the Faith : A Biography of Jim Cairns Paul Strangio , 2002 single work biography
Untitled Judith Brett , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Politics and History , vol. 49 no. 1 2003; (p. 133-135)

— Review of John Gorton : He Did It His Way Ian Hancock , 2002 single work biography
Biography and the Rehabilitation of the Subject : The Case of John Gorton Ian Hancock , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Political Lives : Chronicling Political Careers and Administrative Histories 2006; (p. 61-64)

'When I was an undergraduate, some years ago, I read a comment on biography by Sir Lewis Namier, the magisterial historian of eighteenth century British politics. Namier thought that someone embarking on a biography was no better qualified for the task than a woman who applied for the position of minding children and said in support of her application that she herself had once been a child. No doubt with the advancement of so many academic disciplines and the multi-skilling of so many academics, Namier’s dismissal of biography is now out of date for most biographers. But not so in my case. When, therefore, I was commissioned to write a biography of Sir John Gorton (2002), a chapter on Sir Robert Askin (2006) and a long entry on Harold Holt in the Australian Dictionary of Biography (1996), I realised that my immediate problem was myself. Very simply, my qualifications, let alone my experience, did not equip me for the task.'  (Introduction)

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