Lionel Murphy

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Author: Jenny Hocking
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More than ten years after his death, Lionel Murphy remains one of Australia's most controversial public figures. Only now is the extent of his legacy - legal, social and political - beginning to be recognised. This engrossing book is the first biography of this extraordinary man.

Writing with flair and insight, Jenny Hocking traces Murphy's life from childhood to his role in the Labor split of the 1950s, his pioneering work as a senator and reformist Attorney-General in the Whitlam government, to his rise to the bench of the High Court, through to his untimely death, amidst controversy, in 1986. 

His life is the story of a passionate, but flawed, reformer who was steadfastly committed to the institutions of the law and the parliament, and a constant champion of democratic values. It is also the story of a turbulent period of legal and social change in Australia.

Drawing on numerous personal interviews as well as access to previously unseen archival material, this biography paints a vivid portrait of an individual who has left an indelible mark on Australian politics, law and culture.

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