By Robert Murray
Parliamentary executive 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 many years the improvement of a very good culture of democratic provider to a hard public with excessive expectancies. This booklet concisely describes the delivery within the 1850s of democratic, self reliant govt and its growth 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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The Council retaliated with a proposed amendment of its own and both, predictably, failed. Berry then sailed to London with a colleague, forming what he called an ‘embassy’, to 42 Berry – Blight or Brave? ‘Our Own Rulers’. The fiercely pro-Berry Age newspaper was also an unlovely partner in a trio with Premier Berry and Ned Kelly, in the eyes of Melbourne Punch (13 February 1879). Victorian era cartoonists often portrayed newspapers – ‘the media’ of the day – as gossipy old women. request the Imperial Government to amend the Constitution to tame the Council, on these lines.
There was also the usual element of the government badly needing the money; this got the tariff through the Council, as the alternative would be a land or income tax. Although controversial, the Victorian tariffs were not especially high by world standards. They were an uneasy compromise between 50 Berry – Blight or Brave? protective and revenue tariffs, sometimes too high or low on particular goods and politically difficult to make more systematic. 4 Working Conditions Victoria’s first Factory Act to regulate conditions was passed in 1873 under the Francis ministry.
Inadequate as education was in much of Britain, some young Victorians were growing up even less educated than their parents. Governments tried to improve this situation in earlier decades with national and, in the 1860s, common schools, where the denominational schools would amalgamate. Common schools had religion as part of the curriculum, based on what was common to all, such as study of the Bible. In 1870, the government announced that the longstanding government subsidy to religion, which mainly went on education, would be withdrawn in 1875.