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The Racket: How Abortion Became Legal in Australia

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Chronicling the rise and fall of an extraordinary web of influence, this account documents the events that culminated in the landmark ruling that made abortion legal in Australia and caused a public inquiry that humiliated a powerful government and glamorous police force. With forensic skill and psychological subtlety, this is a story of corruption, suffering, murder, ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Melbourne University Publishing (first published September 1st 2008)
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A thorough coverage of both the intrigues of the abortion racket, and the emotional and psychological issues for women facing their own power personally and publically, Gideon Haigh’s The Racket has a broad scope. It balances the historical journalistic journey locally in Melbourne Australia, but pans out to national and international perspectives both by travel of the people involved and by reference to other movements and political or legal decisions and actions throughout the same period.
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Rather journalistic in tone, with an exhaustive and exhausting list of informants and characters, this book traces through the abortion 'racket' that saw doctors, police, and lawyers on the take in 1950s and 60's Melbourne. See my full review here:
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Gideon Clifford Jeffrey Davidson Haigh (born 29 December 1965) is an English-born Australian journalist, who writes about sport (especially cricket) and business. He was born in London, raised in Geelong, and now lives in Melbourne.

Haigh began his career as a journalist, writing on business for The Age newspaper from 1984 to 1992 and for The Australian from 1993 to 1995. He has since contributed t
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