Description - Defence Policy-Making by Arthur Tange
Arthur Tange was perhaps the most powerful Secretary of the Australian
Defence Department and one of the most powerful of the great `mandarins' who
dominated the Commonwealth Public Service between the 1940s and the 1970s.
His strong, and often decisive, influence on both administration and policy
was exerted by virtue of his intellectual capacity, his administrative
ability and the sheer force of his personality.
Controversies from his time in Defence, including those associated with
`the Tange report' and `the Tange reforms', echo to this day, and it is still
easy to identify both staunch admirers and vitriolic critics in defence and
public service circles. Tange wrote this account in his last years. It is a
memoir - based largely on memory supplemented by limited reference to
documentary material - that focuses upon his career after he came to Defence
in 1970. It records his own account of his part in those administrative
reforms and policy shifts, as well as his involvement-or non-involvement or
alleged involvement-in several of the political crises of the 1970s,
including the downfall of John Gorton as Prime Minister and the dismissal of
the Whitlam Government.
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