Nugget Coombs: A Reforming Life

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Cambridge University Press, 23/07/2002 - 419 páginas
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HC Coombs was one of the most influential Australians of the twentieth century. Born in 1906, he is best known as the governor of the central bank, but the breadth of his activities and his commitment to public life until his death is unsurpassed. Tim Rowse traces Coombs' life from his childhood in Western Australia to his many roles as policy maker, change agent, advocate and adviser. This book covers Coombs' life from birth to death, providing intriguing insights into the life of one of Australia's most influential people.
 

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Tim Rowse has written an exhaustive account of the public life of H C Coombs, which shows the influence of `Nugget' Coombs on the political, economic and social life of twentieth-century Australia ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Childhood and youth
12
Schooling
16
Selfpossession
19
Busselton
21
Claremont
23
Wheat Belt days
28
Night student
32
Finding the words
35
Other peoples money
199
Inflation and war
200
Wageearners democracy
202
Horror budget
206
The Governor muted
209
Stern mentor?
214
Coombs as boss
220
Carrots and sticks
223

Representing
37
Murdoch
47
Liberalisms crisis
51
LSE student
52
Politics versus Economics
55
The Money Power and its critics
59
Poor Britain
65
The experts we need
71
A vacancy?
72
The economists
75
From peoples bank to central bank
82
Sweden and Australia
87
New orders
91
Trusting the people
92
Reconstruction and feminism
99
Fighting for Yes
105
Soldiers and workers
108
Internationalist
115
Labors new internationalism
116
The diplomacy of security
121
Success In London
125
Global temptations
129
Geneva
132
Havana
137
An official community
140
Coombs the Keynesian
144
From Labor to Liberal
153
Chifleys family
154
The commanding heights?
161
The Cold War and CSIRO
166
ViceChancellor?
172
Reconstructing Papua New Guinea
178
Governor and father
181
Chifleys man?
185
Menzies man?
187
Corporate Elizabethan
192
Women at the Bank
227
A culture of inflation
231
Separation
234
A Melanesian way?
237
Poor mans overdraft
243
Frustrated internationalist
248
Managing creativity
253
Reasonable liberty
254
Visualising Australia
260
Nuclear matters
264
Opera
268
Ballet
273
In search of an audience
277
Redesigning Australia
281
Labors second chance
287
Retirement
288
Whitlam conscripts Coombs
290
Trade reform
293
Two cultural constituencies
296
Wages and taxes
302
Rethink
309
The stuffed owl of Minerva
310
Nature and human nature
318
Economies and communities
324
Losing the master key
329
The responsive public servant
331
Elite outrider
339
A Torres Strait agenda
340
Conservation and Aborigines
344
Bapa Dhumbul
346
Conclusion
353
Histories nostalgic and hopeful
354
Notes
363
References
397
Index
408
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Tim Rowse is a Senior Research Fellow, History Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

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