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The return of manhood suffrage to Queensland, 1863-1872

Lauchs, Mark Adam (2010) The return of manhood suffrage to Queensland, 1863-1872. Journal of Australian Colonial History, 12, pp. 119-142.

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Abstract

In 1859, Queensland was separated from New South Wales as an independent colony. At this time the new Governor conspired to ensure the citizens did not inherit the old colonies system of full male suffrage. This was not returned until the Elections Act of 1872. However, the extended franchise was not a result of either democratic values or other ideological intentions. This article will analyse parliamentary debates to show that the revision to full suffrage was a result of administrative expediency driven by an inability to prevent abuse of the limited franchise.

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ID Code: 33158
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Queensland History, democracy, male suffrage
ISSN: 1441-0370
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2010 11:37
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:18

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