Santamaria was Australia’s most effective and influential conservative commentator for more than two decades. A brilliant but divisive polemicist, journalist and television and radio commentator, he was reviled by his political opponents and idolised by his supporters. In 1936 he drove the creation of the Catholic Worker newspaper (later News Weekly) and in 1957 established the Catholic Social Movement which later became the National Civic Council. He was a major factor behind the great ALP split which kept Labor out of federal office for 23 years. His articulate and angry sermons on his Point of View TV program enraged or reassured viewers across Australia.
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B. A. Santamaria’s grandson Tom McIlroy accepting award (1:43)