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Sir Robert Menzies
(full name: Robert Gordon Menzies; also known as: Bob Menzies)
Prime Minister of Australia from 1939 to 1941 and from 1949 to 1966
(1894-1978)


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Robert Gordon Menzies, 1941

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Fellow Australians. It is my melancholy duty to inform you officially that in consequence of a persistence by Germany in her invasion of Poland, Great Britain has declared war upon her and that, as a result, Australia is also at war.
-- Opening words of speech announcing Australia's declaration of war on Germany, 3 September 1939

I do not believe that the real life of this nation is to be found either in great luxury hotels and the petty gossip of so-called fashionable suburbs, or in the officialdom of the organised masses. It is to be found in the homes of people who are nameless and unadvertised, and who, whatever their individual religious conviction or dogma, see in their children their greatest contribution to the immortality of their race. The home is the foundation of sanity and sobriety; it is the indispensable condition of continuity; its health determines the health of society as a whole.
-- "The Forgotten People" speech, 22 May 1942


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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