Politics with Michelle Grattan

Daughters of Robert Menzies and Arthur Calwell say parliament wasn’t always a “fort”

September 23, 2019

Last week, a very special event took place in Parliament House. The daughters of Sir Robert Menzies and Arthur Calwell - Heather Henderson and Mary Elizabeth Calwell - came together to reflect on their fathers’ legacies, and to offer their perspectives on a different era in Australia’s political history. Michelle Grattan moderated the conversation.

The event was organised by the Menzies-Calwell Group, made up of members of parliament from both sides of the political divide. Inspired by the friendship between Menzies and Calwell, the group aims to inject a degree of bipartisanship into our present hyper-partisan politics.

Additional audio: 

A List of Ways to Die, Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive.

Image: 

Office of Maria Vamvakinou MP