august memories / 13

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

13th August, 1903 : A well attended meeting in the Protestant Hall in Sydney tonight voted overwhelmingly to support the movement to amend the Australian constitution to enable the Federal capital to be established in Sydney. The Royal Commission charged with finding a home for the Federal capital has investigated numerous sites, including Tumut and Bumbala. Mr Holman MLA told the meeting that Sydney, in spite of her convict past, had a political career which made it the centre and focus of political life in Australia. He maintained that a legislature planted in the bush, cut off from contact with the mass of citizens and having only a small population, would necessarily tend to become corrupt and sink into degeneracy.

[One hundred and ten years later we can see how prescient Mr Holman was.]

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