NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
27th February, 1905 : The English socialist Tom Mann called for nationalisation of land to fight the plutocrats he said had grabbed it all. He told a meeting of 400 at Fitzgerald’s Circus hall, in Melbourne, that people who did not believe in his form of socialism were out of date. Mr Mann, who came to Australia in 1902 and has helped make the Political Labour Council a state-wide body in the last two years, said that, although Victorian workers did not have the eight-hour day, great change was coming.
[The great change is almost here; as the socialism marches on, factories close and Victorian workers do not have to work any hours at all.]