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Life with Gough Barry Cohen - USED

Life with Gough Barry Cohen - USED

Life with Gough - Barry Cohen

Used hardback: .1996 edition in excellent condition (as new) hard cover book is in excellent condition good dustjacket-  clean book tight binding -  - no other marks tears - no loose or missing pages dustjacket - boards in excellent condition

Revered and reviled, Gough Whitlam and his works have been part of public life for more than a generation.  Here, from friends, foes and innocent bystanders, is the best of the vast horde of Gough stories, authentic and apocryphal, infuriatingly high falutin and risque, deliciously self-mocking and uproariously funny.

With the help of some of our best cartoonists, Life With Gough presents a larger-than-life Australian-a tall poppy of most variegated hue...

Barry Cohen, Author and Former Politician



Barry Cohen (born 3 April 1935) is a former Australian politician. He was born in Griffith, New South Wales and educated at Griffith High School, Sydney Grammar School and North Sydney Technical High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. He was a businessman before entering politics. He married Rae O'Neill in October 1959 and they have three sons.

Barry Cohen admits that what kept him sane through thirty years as a politician, was the funny side of his profession. As a raconteur with a bower bird collection of hilarious stories about life in politics, Barry has led a post political life as a writer, speaker and commentator.

Barry Cohen is the author of eight books of which almost all have made the best-seller list. His books include: The Life of the Party (1987), After the Party (1988), How to Become Prime Minister (1990), Life With Gough (1996), Whitlam to Winston (1997), The Yartz (2000), What About the Workers (2001), and The Almost Complete Gough (2001)

In 1969 Barry Cohen was elected to the House of Representatives Seat of Robertson on the Central Coast of New South Wales, capturing a seat held by the Liberals for the previous 20 years. He was re-elected at eight successive elections and was a Federal Member for Robertson from 1969 to 1990.

In the first two Hawke Ministries Barry Cohen held the position of Minister for Home Affairs & Environment which was later renamed Arts, Heritage & Environment. He held this position from 1983 to 1987. He was also the Minister responsible for the Bicentennial and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Bicentennial before he retired from Parliament.

A regular contributor to some of Australia's leading magazines and newspapers, Barry Cohen was a columnist for The Bulletin from 1987-91 and The Australian (1991-97).

For the last sixteen years, he has developed and run a unique wildlife sanctuary at Calga on the Central Coast.

About Gough Witlam

Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC (born 11 July 1916), known as Gough Whitlam (/gɒf/, pronounced "Goff"), is an Australian former politician and 21st Prime Minister of Australia. A member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), Whitlam entered Federal Parliament in 1952, winning a by-election for the Division of Werriwa in New South Wales. In 1960 Whitlam was elected deputy leader of the ALP and in 1967, following the resignation of Arthur Calwell after a disastrous election defeat the year before, he assumed the position of Leader of the Opposition.

After initially falling short of gaining enough seats to win government at the 1969 election, Whitlam led the Labor Party to victory at the 1972 election after 23 years of Liberal-Country Party government in Australia. After winning the 1974 election, he was dismissed in 1975 by Governor-General Sir John Kerr following a protracted constitutional crisis caused by a refusal of opposition Coalition members to pass Supply Bills in the Australian Senate, and lost the subsequent 1975 election. He is the only Australian Prime Minister to be dismissed by the Governor-General, using reserve powers. Although his government spent a relatively short time in office, many of the policies and institutions set up under it are still evident today, such as Medicare. His 'presidential' style of politics, the socially progressive policies he pursued, and the dramatic dismissal and subsequent election loss still arouse intense passion and debate.

The public lives of Gough Whitlam and his wife Margaret extend over half a century. After serving in the Royal Australian Air Force, Whitlam joined the Australian Labor Party in 1945. He became the member for Werriwa in Sydney’s south in 1952, retaining the seat in eleven more federal elections over the next 25 years.

Whitlam led the reform of the Labor Party platform in the long years in Opposition. As Prime Minister he immediately set about implementing the reform program. His government drew on international agreements to develop programs on human rights, the environment and conservation.

Margaret Whitlam played an important role as a political and prime ministerial wife. An outspoken public speaker, broadcaster and columnist, she accompanied Gough Whitlam on his countless overseas travels. As a qualified social worker, she was particularly interested in social conditions. Their public lives have continued since they left the Lodge in 1975.

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