Forebears of One Nation? Social Credit and the League of Rights in the South Burnett District, 1935-1975.

Harrison, John (2006) Forebears of One Nation? Social Credit and the League of Rights in the South Burnett District, 1935-1975..

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Title Forebears of One Nation? Social Credit and the League of Rights in the South Burnett District, 1935-1975.
Abstract/Summary Despite the self-flagellation of some members of the political elite about their failure to foresee the rise of the One Nation phenomenon in the final years of last century, there has always been, even in the politically conservative rural heartland like the South Burnett district of Queensland, a thread of disaffection with conventional politics, which found expression in approaches to both political economy and society which were radical, if not extreme. This paper explores two such movements of disaffection over four decades beginning from 1935: Social Credit and the Australian League of Rights. The site of this exploration is the South Burnett district, the area in which Joh Bjelke-Petersen was raised and prospered from 1913 onwards. The argument put here is that throughout the twentieth century, and even in the late nineteenth century, there have frequently been political movements with radical economic solutions stirring in rural and regional Australia. Moreover, knowledge of such a history should leave observers not only unsurprised by the advent of One Nation, but also actually anticipating or expecting it. Rather than a fin de siecle, as might be imagined, the rise of One Nation was but the latest expression of radical disaffection in rural Australia.
Keyword League of Rights
Social Credit
politics
Queensland
right wing
South Burnett district
Date 2006-11-01
Subjects 430101 History - Australian
Author Harrison, John

Document type: Preprint
Collection: School of Journalism and Communication Publications
 
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Created: Tue, 08 Aug 2006, 10:00:00 EST by John Harrison