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Chifley and Curtin unveiled

By johnboy - 16 September 2011 14

julia gillard, curtin and chifley

Last May we noted plans to honour former Labor greats, Prime Ministers Curtin and Chifley in Parkes.

This morning Senator Kate Lundy has tweeted this picture of the not yet Labor great Julia Gillard unveiling the bronzes.

UPDATE: Chief Minister Gallagher’s put out a media release on this:

The ACT Government-commissioned work is by eminent Australian sculptor Peter Corlett and located as close as possible to where the original photograph was taken along the footpath next to Walpole Crescent, Parkes.

It appears to capture the two leaders in a private moment of conversation and the Chief Minister said this informal approach encouraged a more intimate engagement with the figures which would excite curiosity in viewers about their lives.

“I am sure that this statue will become a much-loved feature of the Parliamentary zone and I hope it will inspire people to examine the legacy of these two men,” the Chief Minister said.

John Curtin and Ben Chifley were the 14th and 16th Prime Ministers of Australia respectively. John Curtin was Prime Minister when the Australian mainland came under direct military threat during the Japanese advance in World War II.

The Chifley Government was responsible for the post-war immigration scheme under Arthur Calwell, the establishment of Australian citizenship in 1949, the Snowy Mountains Scheme, overseeing the creation of airlines Qantas and TAA, and founding the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

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Chifley and Curtin unveiled
I-filed 9:06 am 26 Oct 11

jsm2090 said :

Can’t we look at it as a great piece of public art? I really like it. Driving past the other day I did a double take before I realised it was a sculpture.

So did I – on a rainy day in my car, from a bit of a distance stopped at the lights, it took me a while to assure myself that they weren’t moving! They’re in a bit of an odd spot, must be a historical reason for it (the route they took when stumbling from the old hotel back to Parliament House after a liquid lunch?… )

jsm2090 7:25 am 26 Oct 11

Can’t we look at it as a great piece of public art? I really like it. Driving past the other day I did a double take before I realised it was a sculpture.

bryansworld 11:47 am 19 Sep 11

amarooresident3 said :

steveu said :

I am more interested in what the government of the day will do today, not what politcal leaders did yesterday – given they are putting forward one of the most contraversial pieces of taxation legislation in our history this week in parliament. They are clinging to form a government by one seat as well. An obvious distraction to try to make themselves feel better given current polls.

Yes I can see how they commissioned the statues last May to distract from politial issues 15 months later. Very forward thinking.

Yep, and the coverage of the unveiling must have crowded out the extensive carbon price coverage by at least 15 seconds.

amarooresident3 9:56 am 19 Sep 11

steveu said :

I am more interested in what the government of the day will do today, not what politcal leaders did yesterday – given they are putting forward one of the most contraversial pieces of taxation legislation in our history this week in parliament. They are clinging to form a government by one seat as well. An obvious distraction to try to make themselves feel better given current polls.

Yes I can see how they commissioned the statues last May to distract from politial issues 15 months later. Very forward thinking.

Richard Bender 6:53 pm 17 Sep 11

Chifley oversaw the creation of Qantas? That must be news to the descendants of Paul McGinness and Hudson Fysh. But now, thanks to our genius Chief Minister, they stand corrected.

steveu 10:25 pm 16 Sep 11

I am more interested in what the government of the day will do today, not what politcal leaders did yesterday – given they are putting forward one of the most contraversial pieces of taxation legislation in our history this week in parliament. They are clinging to form a government by one seat as well. An obvious distraction to try to make themselves feel better given current polls.

astrojax 9:57 pm 16 Sep 11

saw this today – looks great! ever so slightly larger than real life to intimate their stature in our nation’s history, in the place in which the history took place. great public art, if you ask me (which you didn’t, but there you go)…

saw julia in her car on the way to unveil it, too – she didn’t return my wave. too busy prime ministering, no doubt…

bryansworld 4:05 pm 16 Sep 11

amarooresident3 said :

steveu said :

Agree Mysteryman. Just what we needed. Public money being spent on political idols. What is it with Labor governments and throwing money at public artwork? I just dont think political self-indulgence is appropriate at this time.

Yeah it’s outrageous. Public money being spent on honouring two Prime Ministers who lead the nation during one of the more difficult times in our history. Outrageous.

+1

amarooresident3 3:41 pm 16 Sep 11

steveu said :

Agree Mysteryman. Just what we needed. Public money being spent on political idols. What is it with Labor governments and throwing money at public artwork? I just dont think political self-indulgence is appropriate at this time.

Yeah it’s outrageous. Public money being spent on honouring two Prime Ministers who lead the nation during one of the more difficult times in our history. Outrageous.

steveu 2:40 pm 16 Sep 11

Agree Mysteryman. Just what we needed. Public money being spent on political idols. What is it with Labor governments and throwing money at public artwork? I just dont think political self-indulgence is appropriate at this time.

Mysteryman 12:28 pm 16 Sep 11

MissChief said :

How nice that they’re honouring their own. Hope it’s not at taxpayer’s expense.

Julia’s bronze jacket is a not so subtle message.

It most certainly is at taxpayer’s expense. Approximately $200,000, I believe.

MissChief 12:10 pm 16 Sep 11

How nice that they’re honouring their own. Hope it’s not at taxpayer’s expense.

Julia’s bronze jacket is a not so subtle message.

yellowsnow 12:00 pm 16 Sep 11

I want to see them unveil a statue of Kevin Rudd

(knowing the Labor Party though, if Gillard ever does unveil such a statue and it’s life size or larger, I suspect the real life KRudd will actually have been encased within, silenced in perpetuity, mafia style)

Seriously though – aren’t there other priorities we should be focusing taxpayers’ money on?

Mysteryman 11:44 am 16 Sep 11

How exciting. This is just what Canberra needed.

/sarcasm.

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