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By Patrick Weller

The 1st entire learn of the improvement of the important establishment of presidency over the 1st century of its existence. in keeping with the author's unique archival learn and 30 years adventure writing approximately valuable govt in Australia, it presents an realizing of either the background and the operating of the establishment. Patrick Weller has written a close background, in addition to a politics primer. it truly is publication jam-packed with political insights and anecdotes, with vigorous pictures of our leading ministers and their cupboard colleagues besides the displaying of many desirable information of memos and conferences lengthy buried within the documents.

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Then, on the formal motion ‘That the Chairman now leave the Chair’, a barrage of criticism ensued in a meeting constantly reconvened during the next three days. In part this constant battle with caucus may have been a reason behind Fisher’s decision to quit as prime minister. He had chaired most of the caucus meetings in the first six months of his government, but only did so once after July 1915. On 30 October he told the caucus that ‘owing to the strain on his health during the last two years he had decided to be an applicant for a position in the public service, namely the position of High Commissioner [in London].

I do not propose to receive deputations on this point. The decision is not mine but a collective decision of cabinet and objections thereto should be sent to the head of government by those interested. Such discipline and control was bound to lead to clashes with Hughes. Watt believed that Hughes should consult cabinet before making decisions overseas. Hughes thought cabinet should consult him before finalising decisions. The first clash occurred quickly. Watt cabled Hughes on 24 May: Re finance, hope you will not mind me suggesting you not do anything involving finance on a large scale without consulting me.

Allusions to movement to effect change of leadership of Party entirely without warrant. I know nothing of it and will have nothing to do with it if it arises. There was the occasional political crisis. When the minister for the navy Jens Jensen was criticised by a royal commission for his own behaviour in rorting tendering processes on behalf of a close colleague, Watt told Hughes: All members furnished with report Saturday. Cabinet met and considered matter very fully Monday; meeting lasted whole day and evening Jensen attended and stated his case fully.

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