The Echo's political columnist Mungo MacCallum has a new book hitting the shelves next week and he has roped in fellow journalist and political tragic Kerry O'Brien to help launch it.
The book is called The Good, the Bad and the Unlikely - Australia's Prime Ministers and it tells the tales of the 26 men and one woman who have held the highest elected office in our land. From Frank Forde's eight days at the top to Bob Menzies' 18 years, Mungo reckons they've all got a story worth sharing.
For example, did you know;
*John Gorton shared a schoolboy dormitory with Errol Flynn and was famous for flaunting his affairs. The most notable of which was his lengthy visit to the dressing room of nightclub singer Liza Minnelli. Gorton also co-sponsored a successful motion for the legalisation of homosexuality and campaigned for the legal use of both marijuana and heroin.
* Ben Chifley refused to purchase or wear a dinner suit, even to meet King George VI on an official visit to London. He also refused to move into the Lodge, electing to remain at the more humble Hotel Kurrajong.
* Paul Keating once managed a rock group called The Ramrods, whom, he later boasted, he took "from nowhere to total obscurity".
* Bob Hawke's record for drinking a yard of beer in eleven seconds whilst at Oxford still stands.
* Earle Page (Don Page's grandfather) died before the votes could be counted in the election where he lost his seat after 42 years.
For more insights into the lives of our PMs you can see Mungo and Kerry in conversation at Mary Ryan's Bookshop in Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, next Thursday, February 23, from 6pm. No bookings necessary.
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