The origins and development of the Queensland Country Party, 1909-1932

Abidin, Zainal (1958). The origins and development of the Queensland Country Party, 1909-1932 M.A. Thesis, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author Abidin, Zainal
Thesis Title The origins and development of the Queensland Country Party, 1909-1932
School, Centre or Institute School of Political Science and International Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1958-01-01
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Supervisor Unknown
Total pages 176
Language eng
Subjects 360101 Australian Government and Politics
Formatted abstract

In this thesis I have attempted to write a history of "The Origins and Development of the Queensland Country Party, 1909-1932". But right from the beginning I found the results of my research discouraging, as there was such a scarcity of material. The secretariat of the Queensland Country Party does not have any records earlier than 1944. In fact the present Secretary of the Party, Colonel H. G. Hatton, made a statement to the effect that there was no Queensland Country Party prior to 1944.

In view of the absence of any Country Party records in the period under consideration, the thesis cannot be a definitive study. My research has shown that an inherent difficulty of the subject is the vagueness of the history of the "Queensland Country Party"; for instance it has proved to be a difficult problem to pinpoint the political affiliations and degree cf support for party platforms by members of Parliament of groups such as the Country Party, Country Liberal Party, United Party (Country and National), Country Progressive Party, Country and Progressive National Party, Farmers' Union, Farmers' Representative Union, Farmers' Parliamentary Union, Kidstonites or Philpites.
There are gaps in the explanations given in this thesis due to lack of sources. This is particularly true of the chapter on the Federal and inter-State relations of the Queensland Country Party.

The thesis is heavily based on the material published by the Brisbane Courier and the Producers' Review, and the Queensland Parliamentary Debates. The Brisbane Courier has a liberal bias, particularly in its editorial comments. Many of the early issues of the Producers' Review are missing. However, complete issues since 1916 are obtainable at the Queensland Cane Growers' Council. But the missing copies, for almost the whole period 1911-1915, are the more important ones, since they cover the period of the rise of the Queensland Farmers' Union which founded the Queensland Country Party. After 1923 the Producers' Review became more of an industrial than a political publication, unlike the period prior to 1923 when it extensively reported and gave comments on political issues. The result was a heavy reliance on the Brisbane Courier for events after 1923.

When I went up to Mackay to read the Mackey Daily Mercury I found that the newspapers prior to 1923 were badly damaged bv fire. Hence this attempt to study a provincial newspaper was frustrated. Various individuals prominent in early Country Party development and those interested in the same have been either interviewed or contacted. All of them relied on memory and not one of them claimed to have any records, either official or personal. Since most of the events connected with this thesis had taken place more than twenty years ago it is not really safe to rely too much on memory. Letters were sent to Country Party secretaries and newspaper editors in key areas. Few of either group replied and of almost all of those who did few had records available. In sum, I feel that although the possible sources of information have been tapped much information is still wanting.

However, my work has been made less onerous by the co-operation and help of those whom I have contacted in connection with this thesis. There are too many of them to be mentioned and thanked individually. A list of some of them appears in the bibliography, I wish also to mention here the valuable assistance given by the staff of the Queensland Cane Growers' Council, the zUnited Graziers' Association, Queensland, Mr. Ulrich Ellis, the editor of the Mackay Daily Mercury, and the Queensland Survey Office. To each and every one of them who has assisted me I wish to say "thank you very much".

One person, however, needs a special mention. Throughout my research work and the writing of this thesis he has never failed to help, guide and advise me. Many a constructive criticism and suggestion has come from him. My most sincere and grateful thanks, therefore, go to him, Mr. H. B. Joyce.             .............................
Keyword Political parties -- Queensland
Queensland -- Politics and government -- 1901-1922
Queensland -- Politics and government -- 1922-1945
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