Guest: Dr David Furse-Roberts, Research Fellow at the Menzies Research Centre and editor of the book, Menzies: The Forgotten Years. David is currently working on a book of speeches by former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard.
In light of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Disraeli Prize Speech “In Defence of a Free Society”, Turnbull quoted and aligned himself to the legacy and words of Sir Robert Menzies – Australia’s longest serving prime minister who helped create the Liberal party in Australia.
Why did Menzies choose to describe himself as a liberal progressive as opposed to a conservative? Would Robert Menzies still be considered a liberal progressive in 2017? Would Menzies align with Turnbull’s ‘sensible centre’, or would he now align with the conservatives as Cory Bernadi suggests?
Link to ‘Menzies: The Forgotten Speeches’ Book https://www.menziesrc.org/publications/item/menzies-the-forgotten-speeches
Article by David Furse-Roberts “Recovering the Liberal Progressive Vision of Menzies” http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=19029
Link to transcript of Menzies ‘The Forgotten People’ Speech https://menziesvirtualmuseum.org.au/transcripts/the-forgotten-people
Link to transcript of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Disraeli Prize Speech: “In Defence of a Free Society” – London 11th July 2017 https://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/media/policy-exchange-london-disraeli-prize-speech-in-defence-of-a-free-society