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39. Progressive Political League of Victoria, 1891.

The Object of the League is to secure for all classes such legislation as will advance their interests by

  • (a) The enrolment of all persons desirous of promoting progressive legislation.
  • (b) The return of candidates to Parliament pledged to support the Platform of the League.

All persons over 18 years of age shall be eligible to become members of the League. The subscription shall be not less than one shilling per annum payable in advance.

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1st—Electoral Reform.

(a) Abolition of plural voting. One general roll on the basis of manhood suffrage.

(b) Special provision for Seamen and others following migratory occupations to record their votes at Parliamentary elections.

(c) Extension of the hours of polling from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., to be uniform throughout the colony.

(d) Equal electoral districts on a population basis, and single electorates.

2nd.—Reform of the Labor Laws.

(a) Repeal of the 6 Geo. IV. cap 129, and other Acts relating to conspiracy in Industrial Disputes.

(b) A law enacting a maximum Labor day of eight hours.

(c) The repeal of that portion of the Employers and Employees Act formerly known as the Master and Servants Act.

(d) Amendment of the Factories and Shops Act.

(e) Extension of the provisions of the Employers' Liability Act to seamen.

(f) A Mining Act providing for the proper ventilation and safety in gold, coal, and other mines.

(g) All Inspectors under any Act of Parliament requiring practical knowledge to be appointed from workers in their respective trades and occupations.

(h) Prohibition of the importation of Chinese and Coolie laborers and of laborers under contract.

(i) The establishment of a Department of Labor.

(j) The establishment by law of Courts of Conciliation for the settlement of disputes between Employers and Employees.

3rd—Social Reform.

(a) The application of the principle of the Referendum to the opening of public libraries, museums, and art galleries on Sundays.

(b) The application of the same principle to the closing of public houses on Sundays.

(c) No more Crown lands to be alienated, the land and material therein being the common property of the people.

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(d) A tax on land values, exclusive of improvements, sufficient to secure for the community the unearned increment.

(e) A cumulative tax on all incomes over £300 per annum.


Federation of the Colonies on a Democratic basis.