Patine Posted April 21, 2014 Share Posted April 21, 2014 Would anyone be interested in this? It's the first parliamentary election in the Commonwealth of Australia (though not the first on the continent; legislative elections for the to-be states go back to 1856), which was a noteworthy one just on that account. The parties and leaders, according to Wikipedia, were: Protectionist Party: Edmund Barton Australian Free Trade and Liberal Association: George Reid State Labour Parties: Chose Chris Watson as leader two months after the election, so he's the logical choice for the scenario leader *Note that the five mainland states each had their own Labour Party that ran seperately, and Tasmania elected an "independent labour" candidate, but, as they all campaigned in relative harmony and had very similar platforms, they can easily be considered one party for scenario purposes. Their were also a few Independents, two (Alexander Paterson and James Wilkinson) of which won seats, so one of them could be the default Independent leader. Main issues included: Tariffs (BIG issue) Transcontinental Railway Standardized Rail Gauges Uniform Suffrage Old-Age Pensions Defense of the Constitution from "Radicals" Electoral Reform National Army Industrial Dispute Arbitration Referendums on Issues That Would Force Double Dissolution White Australia Policy (though it was kind of a non-issue, as all three leaders staunchly supported it, but it still seemed to come up) The Northern Territory had no seats and the Capital Territory hadn't been yet created. Each state had different suffrage laws (hence the uniform suffrage issue) with Western and Southern Australia allowing women to vote, but none of the other four, and Southern Australia and Tasmania theoretically allowing Aboriginal voters (though it's believed only a very few showed up in South Australia and next to none, or maybe even none, in Tasmania). Tasmania also had a small property requirement to vote, which none of the other states had. If anyone has any interest in this, please post here. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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