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Heroes and villains : the rise and fall of the early Australian Labor Party

Author: Nick Dyrenfurth
Publisher: North Melbourne, Vic. : Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011.
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On 13 April 1910, Andrew Fisher led the Australian Labor Party to a sweeping victory at the fourth federal election held since federation. By virtue of its double majorities in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, Labor became the first party of its type to take office in its own right anywhere in the world. According to the then Governor-General, the odds of the former Scottish child miner Fisher  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Dyrenfurth
ISBN: 1921875003 9781921875007
OCLC Number: 710018864
Notes: Based on the author's Ph. D. Thesis, Monash University.
Description: 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction:' A political as well as propagandist movement' --
1. 'The land not for a class, but a people': liberalism, popular radicalism and the colonial Labour Movement before 1890 --
2. 'By putting the Fat Man in parliament you get no good': the culture of the Australian Labor Party, 1890-1900 --
3. 'The only real national party in Australia': federation, nation-building and the rise of Labor, 1901-08 --
4. 'Never in the history of the world had a greater victory been achieved': confronting the anti-Labor 'fusion', 1909-1913 --
5. ' Defeat the kaisers of capitalism': Labor and the beginnings of the First World War, 1914-1915 --
6. 'The great betrayal': conscription and the fall of the House of Labor, 1916-1919 --
Conclusion: 'Not just to change governments but to change society'.
Responsibility: Nick Dyrenfurth.

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On 13 April 1910, Andrew Fisher led the Australian Labor Party to a sweeping victory at the fourth federal election held since federation. By virtue of its double majorities in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, Labor became the first party of its type to take office in its own right anywhere in the world. According to the then Governor-General, the odds of the former Scottish child miner Fisher becoming prime minister were a S2million to one againstS3. Yet just six years later the ALP violently split in two over the issue of military conscription and was subsequently exiled from power for a generation. Why did early Labor enjoy such precocious success? And how could it all fall apart so rapidly? Heroes and Villains, a bold new interpretation of this formative phase in Australian Labor politics, explains why.

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