Menzies, Fadden and Moreton's 'Youthful' Captain: the fall and rise of Australian coalition-press relations, 1939-1945

Coatney, Caryn (2015) Menzies, Fadden and Moreton's 'Youthful' Captain: the fall and rise of Australian coalition-press relations, 1939-1945. Queensland History Journal, 22 (11). pp. 812-828. ISSN 1836-5477


During the 1943 Australian election campaign at the height of World War II, Federal Opposition Leader Arthur Fadden carried his suitcases into Sydney’s Hotel Australia lobby and greeted labour-oriented journalist Edgar Holt, also
from Queensland, by saying: ‘I think they’ve left me for dead’. He appeared a lone, ‘rather melancholy’ figure as he predicted defeat for his unstable Coalition. As Queensland’s Member for Darling Downs, ‘Artie’ Fadden had generated positive news coverage only two years earlier, when he became the affable prime minister who brought a ‘practical’ approach and ‘sturdy’ voice to his broadcasts that resonated with wartime audiences. Yet the Coalition’s divisiveness contributed to relegating his administration to the Opposition benches after only 40 days. In 1943, although Fadden had conducted the most intense campaigning tour of any federal leader, he reluctantly accepted an unprecedented loss for the United Australia Party-Country Party (UAP-CP).

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with blanket permission of the Editor.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 06:01
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 22:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: political communication; government-media relations; journalism history; World War II; Robert Menzies; Arthur Fadden; Josiah Francis
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
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