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Gun Control : What Australia Got Right (and Wrong) - Tom Frame

Gun Control

What Australia Got Right (and Wrong)

By: Tom Frame

Paperback Published: 1st September 2019
ISBN: 9781742236346
Number Of Pages: 240

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In the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre on 28 April 1996 — when a gunman killed 35 people and seriously wounded another 21 in a quiet town in Tasmania — John Howard, a conservative prime minister who had been in office for just six weeks, moved swiftly to revolutionise Australia’s gun control laws. The National Firearms Agreement, produced just twelve days after the massacre, with support from all levels of government and across the Australian political divide, but derided by Howard’s natural political allies in the US, is now held up around the world as a model for gun control.

Gun Control draws on interviews with those who supported and opposed the new laws, and asks whether the aftermath of the tragedy might have been a lost opportunity to achieve much more than simply preventing a repeat of Port Arthur — vitally important though that was. Tom Frame argues that the mechanisms for amending national firearms agreement are in need of substantial revision alongside the agreement itself. Frame analyses whether the Australian Government achieved its intention, and what it might have done in response to the massacre, and didn’t.

About the Author

Tom Frame has been a naval officer, Anglican Bishop to the Defence Force, a member of the Australian War Memorial Council, a theological college principal and a cattle farmer. He is a graduate of UNSW with an Honours degree and a doctorate in history. He became Professor of History at UNSW Canberra in July 2014 and was appointed Director of the Public Leadership Research Group in July 2017 with responsibility for the establishment of the Howard Library at Old Parliament House. He is the author or editor of more than 45 books, including two volumes of critical essays on the Howard Government.

Industry Reviews

Anyone interested in learning how a democratic nation reduced senseless gun deaths needs to read this."" - Jeffrey Bleich, former US Ambassador to Australia

ISBN: 9781742236346
ISBN-10: 1742236340
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st September 2019
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

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