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Running the show: BA Santamaria

Edited by Patrick Morgan
The Miegunyah Press in association with the State Library of Victoria
Paperback Illustrated ISBN:9780522854978

Bob Santamaria (1915–1998) was perhaps the most controversial figure in recent Australian politics. An anti-communist and devout Catholic, he was a prolific writer and a strong campaigner for social justice, and his impact on this country's social conscience was profound. Fiercely independent, he maintained his traditionalist stance, railing against Asian communism as well as what he deemed permissive and nihilistic trends in Western society, particularly in the field of bio-ethics.

Writing was a key part of his political activity, and Running the show features some of his many unpublished documents including speeches, strategic papers, reports to his superiors, memos to politicians, positions papers, personal statements, aides-mémoire and political analyses.

Patrick Morgan is a Victorian writer and academic who has published an award-winning regional history, edited texts on Australian literature, and written regularly on current affairs, including the connections between religion and politics. He is also the editor of Your most obedient servant: BA Santamaria selected letters, 1938–1996.

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