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B.A. Santamaria was one of the most controversial Australians of our time. His sphere of influence ranged across the nation's political and social landscape. Santamaria, an ardent anti-Communist and devout Catholic, was fiercely intelligent and a natural leader, polarising the community into loyal followers and committed opponents.

In the 1940s Santamaria created the Movement in Australia, an anti-Communist organisation. He was a key figure in the tumultuous split in the 1950s of the Australian Labour Party and subsequently had much influence as a public commentator on his television program Point of View and his weekly column in the Australian. Santamaria had a strong social conscience and spent much of his time helping the underprivileged, and although he began as an advocate and champion of the Catholic Church, he spent much of his last decades opposing some of its activities. By the 1990s B.A. Santamaria was the only person still active in politics who had been involved in public life before World War II and in the immediate postwar years.

MUP published Your Most Obedient Servant, a collection of Santamaria's letters edited by Patrick Morgan. Henderson's volume complements this text.
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  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 159 x 240 x 33mm | 988g
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • Main
  • 0522868584
  • 9780522868586
  • 1,026,532

About Gerard Henderson

Gerard Henderson is an author, columnist and political commentator. He is the Executive Director of the Sydney Institute, a privately funded Australian current affairs forum. He has a particular interest in the history of the Catholic Church in Australia and the Communist Party of Australia. He is the author of Mr Santamaria and the Bishops (1982), Australian Answers (1990), Gerard Henderson Scribbles On (Wilkinson Books, 1993), Menzies' Child- The Liberal Party of Australia (1994) and A Howard Government? Inside the Coalition (1995).
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