NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
22nd August, 1929 : The Prime Minister, Stanley Bruce, has expelled William Hughes from the Parliamentary Nationalist Party. The move is startling sequel to Bruce’s victory in a censure motion with a majority of four votes. Opinion in the lobby says that Bruce’s bold step was taken to intimidate some dissatisfied Nationalists who have been threatening to vote against the Government’s arbitration proposals. The move ends speculation that Hughes was planning a bid to oust the Bruce-Page Government, using dissatisfaction over the Arbitration Abolition Bill as a basis for a new Government.