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2001 ASSLH conference – ‘A dangerous trend towards authoritarianism’: Dr James, the Menzies government and cold war Australia

Phillip Deery
Victoria University, Melbourne  

  

Abstract

In May 1950, during the debate on the Communist Party Dissolution Bill, a young doctor with a promising career was sacked. No reasons for his dismissal were given and no right of appeal was permitted. Outside his working hours Paul James was politically active in the emerging peace movement in Melbourne and the subject, therefore, of an adverse security file. Continue reading