Former prime minister John Howard visits Camberwell
Article posted: December 2, 2014
Last week, former prime minister John Howard visited Camberwell to promote his latest book, The Menzies Era.
His book explores one of the most extraordinary periods of Australian political history – Sir Robert Menzies served the longest unbroken period of government for one side of politics in Australia’s history, and was in power for 18 years, five months and 12 days.
Speaking at the Camberwell event, Mr Howard said: “Nobody has dominated an era of Australian politics so completely as Bob Menzies.”
Menzies had a commanding presence and a uniquely Australian voice, Mr Howard added.
To date, Mr Howard is Australia’s second-longest serving prime minister and held leadership from March 1996 to December 2007.
“Nobody has dominated an era of Australian politics so completely as Bob Menzies.” - Former prime minister John Howard.
In reference to his book, Mr Howard said the longest chapter focused on the Vietnam War because it was “the most divisive” issue, politically.
He also spoke about how the “middle-classing” of Australia, during the time that Menzies was in power, was most significant.
The most stable countries, Mr Howard said, are those with the biggest number of middle class people, or those where the masses are closest to being equal.
Addressing the crowd with his sharp wit, Mr Howard shared a few jokes and answered burning questions before proceeding with a lengthy book signing and meeting eager fans.
The Menzies Era (Harper Collins) is available for purchase from Dymocks in Camberwell.