Australian Left Review

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Profile: Jeannette McHugh


Steve Short


It was a curious sight: forty conservative professionals cheering Jeannette McHugh at their annual dinner in 1983. One man, puzzled to find himself agreeing with her, bemused at finding he liked her, exclaimed to McHugh, his new local MP: "But you're on the Left!" "Yes," she answered, "but what does that mean?