a few comments

Editor’s note: Mary Elizabeth Calwell requested the editorial team of Tinteán to publish her comments on the review of her book, ‘I am bound to be true: the life and legacy of Arthur A. Calwell. Mosaic Press, Preston, Victoria by Paul Ormonde, published on 02/04/2013

‘I am bound to be true: the life and legacy of Arthur A. Calwell. Mosaic Press, Preston, Victoria

Thank you for reviewing this book that is a biography based on my Master’s and Doctoral theses and not a family history. It records many religious, social and political events in Australia from 1896-1973. There is significant new material that is discussed by Dr Michael Costigan in the Catholic Weekly, 27 January 2013

I would like to make a few comments.

A major speech against the war in Vietnam in April 1965 is discussed on page 174.

My father was short-sighted that is inadequately described as ‘flawed eyesight’.

He was Chairman of Trustees of the MCG from 1952-1973.

He played major roles at most levels of the ALP.

He was Federal Member for Melbourne 1940-1972, a Minister in Federal Labor Governments from 1943-1949, Federal Leader, 1960-1967 and effectively won the 1961 Federal Election, the closest in our history.

I recognise that the reviewer recognised Arthur Calwell’s achievements but it is worth reminding people that he initiated and implemented the Post-War Immigration Scheme that transformed Australia and was deprived of the Prime Ministership because of his informed support for the separation of church and state in a modern pluralistic society.

Mary Elizabeth Calwell