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Murphy, D. J.

Denis Murphy, a former Reader in History at the University of Queensland, was a recognised authority on Australia labor history. At the time of his death in 1984 he was President of the Queensland Labor Party and had been elected to a seat in state parliament. He wrote and edited many books on Queensland and Australian politics, including Labor in Politics: The State Labor Parties in Australia 1880-1920 (UQP 1975) and The Premiers of Queensland (UQP 1990). T.J. Ryan: A Political Biography was originally published by UQP in 1975. The new edition was released in 1990.
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T.J.Ryan: A Political Biography

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T.J. Ryan was a natural leader. In 1915 he was elected Labor Premier of Queensland against the turbulent background of World War I. His Labor government set the foundations for Labor rule in Queensland which lasted until the 1957 split. Denis Murphy's fascinating biography concentrates on Ryan the politician, a consummate tactician and leader of great ability whose untimely death in the early 1920s robbed him of the chance to lead the nation. During his years as Premier of Queensland and Deputy Leader of the Federal Australian Labor Party, Ryan passed major reforms in labour laws, from the rending issues of conscription to censorship and industrial unrest. This biography recaptures the tumultuous times of the early twentieth century, set against the struggle for power and political intrigue. It is timely that this new edition should be published in the historic first year of the Labor government of Wayne Goss, a leader who has already invited comparisons with T.J. Ryan.