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150 years of democracy? The case of New South Wales

Simms, Marian 2003, 150 years of democracy? The case of New South Wales, in APSA 2003 : Australasian Political Studies Association Conference Abstracts, University of Tasmania, [Hobart, Tas.].

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Title 150 years of democracy? The case of New South Wales
Author(s) Simms, MarianORCID iD for Simms, Marian orcid.org/0000-0001-7768-9270
Conference name Australasian Political Studies Association Conference (51st : 2003 : Hobart, Tas.)
Conference location Hobart, Tas.
Conference dates 29 Sep.-1 Oct. 2003
Title of proceedings APSA 2003 : Australasian Political Studies Association Conference Abstracts
Publication date 2003
Publisher University of Tasmania
Place of publication [Hobart, Tas.]
Summary New South Wales has a rich history of parliamentary democracy. As the oldest of the Australian States, it has provided a microcosm of the evolution of modern British-style democracy from the ‘hustings’ of the early colonial to the harbour views of the contemporary politicians’ offices. New South Wales’ political history is also rich with experimentation. The early introduction of the secret ballot, payment for members, the abolition of plural voting, and adult suffrage are well known. Although it needs to be recognized that it followed slightly behind that ‘ Paradise of Dissent’ South Australia on all those features.

Equally fascinating is the role of the Labour Party, whose campaigning on behalf of adult suffrage and payment for Members is fairly well known. Less known, but of great interest, were its activities on behalf of electoral reform, political accountability and easier enrolment and voting, particularly for ‘ itinerants’ at a time when its political base was in the rural workforce. New South Wales Labour was significant for its decision to stand alone, in contrast with its Victorian and New Zealand counterparts, which threw in their lot with the Progressives.
Language eng
Field of Research 160601 Australian Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022382

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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