Robert Menzies

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"We took the name 'Liberal' because we were determined to be a progressive party, willing to make experiments, in no sense reactionary but believing in the individual, his rights, and his enterprise, and rejecting the socialist panacea.

Sir Robert Gordon Menzies (20 December 1894 – 15 May 1978), Australian politician, was the twelfth and longest-serving Prime Minister of Australia, serving eighteen and a half years.

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  • "Never take any notice of anonymous letters, unless you get a few thousand on the same subject."
  • "In all my life I have treated the press with marked contempt and remarkable success."
  • "We took the name 'Liberal' because we were determined to be a progressive party, willing to make experiments, in no sense reactionary but believing in the individual, his rights, and his enterprise, and rejecting the socialist panacea."
  • Interjector: "Wotcha gonna do about 'ousing?"

Menzies: "Put an 'h' in front of it."

Interjector: I wouldn't vote for you if you was the Angel Gabriel!
Menzies: If I were the Angel Gabriel, Madam, you would not be in my constituency.

  • "“I pay my taxes,” says somebody, as if that were an act of virtue instead of one of compulsion."
  • "Never forget posterity when devising a policy. Never think of posterity when making a speech."
  • [In reference to the Queen] "When I see her passing by, I will love her 'till I die"

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