New PDF release: 150 Years of Spring Street: Victorian Government 1850s to

By Robert Murray

ISBN-10: 1740971337

ISBN-13: 9781740971331

Parliamentary executive in Victoria is now greater than a century and a part outdated. it's a tale of low and high lighting, idealistic commitment and self-serving manipulation, with many vibrant figures - yet over the a long time the improvement of an outstanding culture of democratic carrier to a challenging public with excessive expectancies. This publication concisely describes the beginning within the 1850s of democratic, self sufficient govt and its growth over fifteen many years. This ebook is a paperback publication of 244 pages and comprises many black and white political cartoons.

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Refusing payment to members was the barbed weapon with which to pay back the Assembly. In the background also was the Councillors’ fear of the radical policy of reducing the Council to a ‘house of delay’, which could delay but not reject Bills. Radicals were taking seats in the Assembly which they could afford only if assured of regular pay. Berry had given up his store for politics and lived for years, except when a minister, on a flimsy income from journalism and political organisation. He had eleven children with his first wife, who died in 1868, and another seven with a second wife.

State aid became – and remained – an impossibly hot political potato. The belief that the Catholic hierarchy used the pulpit to coerce governments inflamed much Protestant opinion. Liberal opinion led by The Age charged that change would ‘endanger the Education Act’, while The Argus and its ilk were quick to accuse liberals of a shamefully bigotted ‘No Popery Cry’. In this atmosphere, ‘That Awkward Animal Again’. Financial aid to non-state schools has always been a divisive issue in Australian politics.

In 1855, the last executive governor, Sir Charles Hotham, appointed him colonial secretary, the top civil service position, as less likely than some starchy officials to be unpopular with the diggers. Haines implemented goldfields reforms after the mass unrest that culminated in the Eureka rebellion, and introduced provision for local government for towns, cities and shires. Affable, gentlemanly and industrious, he had steered the colony through a brief financial and unemployment crisis in the mid-1850s.

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