Dazzling Don Dunstan

Something of the flamboyance of Premier Dunstan was expressed by his appearance in the South Australian Parliament in pink shorts on 22 November 1972.

The News reported ‘dazzling Don Dunstan has done it again’, and that, in his shorts, white T-shirt, long socks and brown shoes, ‘South Australia’s swinging Premier stood out like a beacon in the grey conservative decor of Parliament House’.

While members of his government paid little attention, Dunstan’s original point about individuality and casual dress was somewhat lost when the press made it a national, and international, story.

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