• Short Summary

    PERSISTENT REPORTS HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS THAT THE PRIME MINISTERS, SIR ROBERT MENZIES, IS ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE HIS RETIREMENT.

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    PERSISTENT REPORTS HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS THAT THE PRIME MINISTERS, SIR ROBERT MENZIES, IS ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE HIS RETIREMENT. HE HAS CALLED A MEETING OF HIS PARLIAMENTARY SUPPORTER OF THE LIBERAL AND COUNTRY PARTIES FOR JANUARY 20TH.

    SIR ROBERT HAS BEEN AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER FOR 18 YEARS ALTOGETHER: FROM 1939 TO 1941, AND CONTINUOUSLY SINCE 1949. THIS IS MUCH LONGER THAN ANYONE ELSE HAS EVER HELD THE OFFICE. HE IS NOW 71.

    HE INTERRUPTED A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A LAWYER TO ENTER STATE POLITICS IN VICTORIA IN 1928, AND WAS FIRST ELECTED TO THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT IN 1934. IN 1935 HE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT, AND FOUR YEARS LATER THE DEATH OF HIS PARTY LEADER GAVE HIM THE PREMIERSHIP, JUST BEFORE THE OUTBREAK OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. HE HELD IT FOR TWO YEARS, AND THEN RESIGNED AFTER FAILING TO FORM A NATIONAL COALITION GOVERNMENT WITH THE LABOUR PARTY. SHORTLY AFTERWARDS, HIS PARTY WAS DEFEATED AT THE POLLS.

    MR MENZIES - AS HE THEN WAS - BECAME THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION UNTIL 1949, WHEN HIS NEWLY-FORMED LIBERAL PARTY WON THE ELECTIONS, AND HE BEGAN HIS RECORD PERIOD OF OFFICE. AT ONE SUBSEQUENT ELECTION, IN 1964, HIS GOVERNMENT SURVIVED WITH A PARLIAMENTARY MAJORITY OF ONLY ONE.

    SOUND ON FILM IS AN EXTRACT FORM A SPEECH AT THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN 1960. TEXT IS INCLUDED I COMMENTARY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADX6ESB8H8IUN3FC4Q2DCTZKK1
    Media URN:
    VLVADX6ESB8H8IUN3FC4Q2DCTZKK1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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