The Forgotten People - R G Menzies (75th Anniversary Edition)

The Forgotten People - R G Menzies (75th Anniversary Edition)

Who were the people on whom the nation’s future would depend? Not the rich,  the powerful or unionised labour. They were ‘the great sober and dynamic middle class - the strivers, the planners, the ambitious ones.’ These were Menzies’ Forgotten People.



75th Anniversary Edition - First Published in 1943

Published by Jeparit Press: An imprint of Connor Court Publishing in association with the Menzies Research Centre 

At 9.15 pm on a Friday evening on 22 May 1942, Robert Menzies delivered a radio talk that was to define post-war Australia and become 'a creed to guide the conservative cause for generations.'

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the greatest oration in Australian political history, the Menzies Research Centre has published a limited facsimile edition of the original 1943 book of Forgotten People Speeches. The book, which contains the original 22 May 1942 Forgotten People Address in written form, is a compilation of a series of Robert Menzies' weekly 15-minute radio broadcasts which began in November 1941.

These series of broadcasts would go on to form the guiding principles of the Liberal Party.  

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From the original description in 1943:

All who listened, in 1942, to the broadcast talks of our former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. R. G. Menzies, will welcome this collection of them in printed form. 

From the standpoint of a true patriot and in the spirit of man to man, Mr Menzies examines, in The Forgotten People, many of the problems arising from our present state of war. With moving frankness and sincerity he stresses both the rights and the duties of the people and of Parliament. He states clearly what our position is, what our aims are, and the part that every citizen must play if the war is to be won. He looks toward the future, the post-war world, and shows how we must work and plan to-day to combat the dangers that will inevitably beset to-morrow. He examines the meaning and achievements of democracy; he analyses the implications of President Roosevelt’s four freedoms; and he upholds the dignity and the rights of the “forgotten people”—the middle classes, the “backbone of this country”.

This valuable series of talks clarifies our problems and their solution and, while not attempting to lessen the gravity of our present position, glows with confidence that the democratic principle shall prevail. 

All royalties from the sale of this book are being donated by Mr Menzies to the war funds. 

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