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The Racket: How Abortion Became Legal In Australia

The Racket: How Abortion Became Legal In Australia (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Haigh, Gideon

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A generation ago in Australia, abortion was a crime. It was also the basis of one of the country's most lucrative and longest-lasting criminal rackets. The Racket describes the rise and fall of an extraordinary web of influence, which culminated in the landmark ruling that made a...bortion legal, and a public inquiry that humiliated a powerful government and a glamorous police force. With forensic skill and psychological subtlety, Gideon Haigh brings to life a story of corruption in high places and human suffering in low, of murder, suicide, courtroom drama, political machinations, and of the abortionists themselves: among them a multi-millionaire philanthropist, a communist bush poet, a timid aesthete and a bankrupt slaughterman. It is the story, too, of Bertram Wainer, abortion's crash-through-or-crash campaigner, and the moral issue he bequeathed which still divides Australians.
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ISBN 9780522855784
Published AU 1 Sep 2008
Publisher Melbourne University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780522855784
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Status Indent title (sourced internationally), Allow 8-12 weeks due to Covid 19 freight delays
Publisher Melbourne University Press
Imprint Melbourne University Press
Published 1 Sep 2008
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Haigh, Gideon
Category Award Winning
History of Specific Subjects
Social & Ethical Issues: Abortion
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 363.460994;363.46
Weight 322g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text General/trade