UNSW historian comments on electorate name

26.04.18

The Australian Electoral Commission has proposed that the third ACT House of representatives electorate be named after the historian Charles Bean. The idea attracted a letter in the Canberra Times opposing the proposal because Bean had been anti-Semitic in intriguing against john Monash as commander of the Australian Corps in 1918. UNSW Canberra historian Prof. Peter Stanley, who last year edited a book of essays about Bean and official history, wrote to the newspaper arguing that because Bean changed his mind on the matter 9and others) he was a good model. The letter appeared in the Canberra Times on 14 April.

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