What Lionel Murphy Would Say About Donald Trump

by Norman Horowitz

It was sometime in the very early ’70s that I met and became friendly with Lionel Keith Murphy. He was an Australian politician and jurist who served as a Senator, and then as the Attorney-General in the government of Gough Whitlam and as a Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1975 until his death in 1986.

Lionel was one of the brightest and most charming men I’ve ever met. He had a ready smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was my kind of guy for a variety of reasons, but most important was how he adored women and had the ability to make the least attractive of them feel like Miss Australia when he spoke to them.

In ’73 or ’74, my office in Sydney sent me clippings of Lionel’s remarks in the Australian Senate decrying the pernicious effects on Australian culture by the telecast of American content. Boy, did he ever attack American television!   Continue reading “What Lionel Murphy Would Say About Donald Trump”