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The Dunstan Decade - Social Democracy at the State Level

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The Dunstan Decade - Social Democracy at the State Level

The Dunstan Decade - Social Democracy at the State Level

The Dunstan Decade edited by Andrew Parkin and Allan Patience

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The 1970s were years of innovation conflict and change in Australian politics. For nearly all of the 1970s. South Australia was a focal point of interest. as a series of Labor governments. under the Premiership of Don Dunstan attracted attention throughout Australia.
This book explores the historical and political importance of the Labor years in South Australia. It brings together a number of critical essays each examining particular policy areas with which the Dunstan governments was associated Some of the Dunstan policies became trailblazers for other Australian States
The book is also a contribution to the debate about the viability of reformist politics in Australia It analyses the successes and failures of one of the most innovative periods of government in the country
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Contents

1 The Dunstan Governments: A Political Synopsis Andrew Parkin
2 Economic Policy - Kevin Davis and Ian McLean
3 Community Welfare Rod Oxenberry
4 Education Bernard Hyams
5 Urban Policy and Metropolitan Adelaide Andrew Parkin and Cedric Pugh
6 Equal Opportunities Helen Mills
7 Aboriginal Policy John Summers
8 Law Reform Charles Bright
9 Industrial Relations Andrew Cunningham
10 The Public Service John Warhurst

About the subject Don Dunstan

Donald Allan Dunstan was born in Suva, Fiji on 21 September 1926. After early schooling he transferred to South Australia and attended Murray Bridge High School, St Peter's College, and the University of Adelaide, graduating with a law degree in 1948. For some years he practised law in Fiji and later in Adelaide. He was appointed a QC in 1965.

Don Dunstan became involved in Australian Labor Party politics, and in 1953 successfully stood for the House of Assembly seat of Norwood. In Frank Walsh's government Dunstan held the position of Attorney-General and Minister of Community Welfare and Aboriginal Affairs. When Frank Walsh retired as premier in May 1967 Dunstan was elected leader of the Australian Labor Party (South Australian Branch) and became Premier. The Labor Party was defeated in the 1968 election but in 1970 Dunstan was re-elected Premier, and thus began the so-called "Dunstan decade" of political reform. Dunstan resigned from politics due to ill health, in early 1979. Dunstan was awarded The Companion of the Order of Australia in June 1979.

During Dunstan's premiership South Australia was socially transformed. Among Dunstan's many reforms were those concerned with Aboriginal land rights, equal opportunities, consumer protection, town planning and the environment and the restructuring of electoral law. He also encouraged a flourishing of the arts, with support for the Adelaide Festival Centre, the State Theatre Company, and the establishment of the South Australian Film Corporation.

After leaving politics Dunstan published his political memoirs "Felicia" in 1981. He became the first director of Tourism Victoria in 1982, and then chairman of the Victorian Tourism Commission until 1986. He was national president of the Freedom from Hunger Campaign 1982-87, president of the Movement for Democracy in Fiji from 1987, and national chairman of Community Aid Abroad 1992-93. Always interested in food, and the author of a cookbook in 1976, he established, in 1994, the Don's Table restaurant, The Parade, Norwood, with partner Steven Cheng. He was an Adjunct Professor at Adelaide University from 1997-1999.

Dunstan was married twice: to Gretel in 1949, with whom he had a daughter and two sons; and to Adele Koh in 1976.

Don Dunstan died in Adelaide on 6 February 1999.

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