Download e-book for iPad: 150 Years of Spring Street: Victorian Government 1850s to by Robert Murray

By Robert Murray

ISBN-10: 1740971337

ISBN-13: 9781740971331

Parliamentary govt in Victoria is now greater than a century and a part previous. it's a tale of low and high lighting fixtures, idealistic commitment and self-serving manipulation, with many vibrant figures - yet over the a long time the advance of an exceptional culture of democratic carrier to a tough public with excessive expectancies. This ebook concisely describes the start within the 1850s of democratic, self sustaining govt and its development over fifteen many years. This booklet is a paperback publication of 244 pages and comprises many black and white political cartoons.

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1 Months of business depression followed and critics called it the ‘Berry Blight’ on the Victorian economy. London severely reproved the governor, Sir George Bowen, for assenting to such an arbitrary action and soon afterwards moved him to Mauritius. Bowen had taken the view that it was a local issue and he should follow the advice of his ministers. In April, a compromise resolved the stand-off and most of the officials were reinstated, though not some who had made themselves objectionable to Berry.

Berry’s Assembly returned to the attack with an amendment to the Constitution which would turn the Council into the ‘house of delay’ the democrats had long threatened. The Council would have no power to amend or reject money bills and if it did not pass them within a month, they would pass automatically. It could amend or reject other bills, but if it did not pass them within twelve months an election would follow. The Council retaliated with a proposed amendment of its own and both, predictably, failed.

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. It was especially bitter in the 1870s, after the Education Act of 1872 established ‘free, compulsory and secular’ primary education.

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