Professor the Hon. Gareth Evans, AC QC, Chancellor of the ANU, will be officially launching Professor Angela Woollacott's new book Don Dunstan: The visionary who changed Australia (published by Allen and Unwin) at the Harry Hartog bookshop on Tuesday, October 15 at 5:30pm.
Head of History, Professor Frank Bongiorno, will be the MC for the evening.
Don Dunstan was one of the most significant political figures of twentieth-century Australia. As Premier of South Australia, he blazed a trail of reform. But his influence reached far beyond his home state. He was seen as the architect of a new kind of Australian society, and his decade in office marked a golden age.
This is the first comprehensive biography of a larger than life figure. Angela Woollacott recounts how he battled Adelaide's conservative establishment to win office for Labor, and then pioneered Aboriginal land rights, abolished the death penalty, supported women's rights, relaxed censorship and drinking laws and decriminalised homosexuality. He worked against the White Australia Policy, and was an ardent supporter of the arts and food. Although he was much loved by the public, Dunstan's career was marked by controversy and vilification, with scandal surrounding his personal relationships.