november / 09

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

9th November, 1907 : A judgment today by Justice Henry Bournes Higgins, the President of the Federal Court of Conciliation and Arbitration, established a standard of fair reward for Australian workers. In a case brought by H V McKay’s Sunshine Harvesters works, to determine fair remuneration, Justice Higgins set a wage of two pounds, two shillings a week, for a labourer supporting a family of five. Justice Higgins said he sought to fix a wage to meet modest needs and not merely to keep body and soul together.

[What would a fair wage have to be today to support a family of five?]

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