A man of principle? : a political biography of Standish Michael Keon

Abate, Tony (1994) A man of principle? : a political biography of Standish Michael Keon. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


The following study will be broken into five sections. The first will general account of Keon's whole life and thus illustrate that he was motivated by three general principles- aiding individuals from modest socio-economic standing, Catholicism, and disdain for the major anti- Labor parties. The second aspect of the study will show that all published material on Keon, whilst partially recognising one stream of his Catholicism, fails to fully tap into his 'ideological baggage'. The other three areas of the study will concentrate expanding upon the principles which shaped Keon's public life. Chapter Three will demonstrate that Keon's readiness to champion the common man's cause can be aligned to populist thought. Chapter Four will highlight Keon's Catholic tendencies and sub-divide them into two categories- 'general' and 'specific'. Chapter Five will draw upon the evidence provided in the previous two sections of the study and illustrate how Labor was the only major political grouping which could accommodate Keon's principles.

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Master of Arts

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17942
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Keywords Standish Michael Keon, Democratic Labor Party , Australia , Australian Labor Party, History, anti-communist movements
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