Trade unions and the Australian Labor Party in Queensland 1947-57

Guyatt, Joy (1971). Trade unions and the Australian Labor Party in Queensland 1947-57 M.A. Thesis, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author Guyatt, Joy
Thesis Title Trade unions and the Australian Labor Party in Queensland 1947-57
School, Centre or Institute School of Political Science and International Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1971
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Total pages 306
Language eng
Subjects 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
360101 Australian Government and Politics
390116 Labour Law
Formatted abstract
This study grew out of speculation about the number of demands originating from members of A.L.P. branches and affiliated unions which had resulted in satisfactory outcomes from the A.L.P, Government in Queensland. As available sources of information proved not to be amenable to statistical analysis, studies have been made of the demands of selected unions and of their relationships with the A.L.P. from 1947 to 1957.

The role of Labor-in-Politics Conventions in the formulation of A.L.P. policy in Queensland is studied and Conventions from 1947 to 1957 analysed, noting changing alignments between influential persons, motions originating from unions, motions from branches which were of particular interest to unions, and motions with ideological implications.

Relationships between trade unions and the A.L.P. Government, within the trade union movement, and between trade unions and the Q.C.E. are considered against the background of the structure and philosophy of the A.L.P. and ideological differences within the Party.

An assessment is made of the extent to which the unions believed their demands to the Government had had satisfactory outcomes and of the extent to which outcome failure, in particular failure to implement the Party's policy of three weeks' annual leave for all workers, ideological differences, and alignments of influential personalities contributed to the fall of the leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party and, consequently of the Labor Government.
Keyword Australian Labor Party. Queensland Branch
Labor unions -- Queensland
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