42. Queensland Labor Platform, 1893.

Electoral Reform.

One man one vote. Special provision to be made for all whose occupations necessitate a constant change of residence. Six months' residence in the Colony to be the qualification for franchise.

All Parliamentary elections on the same day, and that day to be public holiday and all public houses to be closed. Abolition of the Nominee Chamber.

National Work.

State control of water conservation and irrigation.

State aided village settlements.

Education (Secular).

Elementary compulsory, higher optional, both absolutely free in State schools.

Regulation of Industry.

Statutory eight hours day where practicable.

Shops and Factories Act, with elected inspectors.

Mines Act, giving complete protection to miners.

Machinery Act, providing for inspection of land boilers and machinery. Persons in charge to have certificates of competency.

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Labor Rights.

State Department of Labor to which men can apply for work at a minimum wage as a right.

Wages Act, giving complete lien for wages over work performed, and full security for wages against all forfeiture whether by agreement or Court order.

A progressive tax upon land values irrespective of improvements. Realisation of adequate returns from the unalienated public estate.


Abolition of State-aided immigration.

Abolition of all conspiracy laws relating to industrial disputes.

Law Reform.

All magistrates to be elected.


The submission of measures for the approval or rejection by the people.


Revision of the Railway tariff.

The legal cancelling of a members' right to represent a constituency on a two-thirds majority adverse vote of his constituents.

Exclusion of colored Asiatics and contract or indented labor.

State construction and ownership of the railways.

And any measure that will secure a fair and equitable return to labor and promote the progress and prosperity of the Colony.

As regards local questions, including that of separation in Central and North Queensland, local organizations are free to determine their own course of action.

On no account shall the fiscal question be regarded as a Labor Party question.


To secure sober men as Labor candidates for Parliament.

The following pledge was signed.—

“I, the undersigned candidate for selection by the ..... Branch of the ..... Workers' Political Organization, hereby give my pledge that if not selected as a candidate for Parliament by the Branch I will not in any way oppose the candidature of the duly selected nominee of this or any other branch, and if selected, I agree to advocate and support the principles contained in this platform.

Signed .....”