NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
22nd July, 1911 : Fresh from their success in defeating the April referendum on Federal powers, two conservative leagues have formed the People’s Liberal Party. The Commonwealth Liberal Party and the People’s Party said today cooperation in the referendum had shown that union would be effective. Policies of the new party, to be based in Melbourne, will include a “vigorous immigration” programme, the maintenance of a “white Australia” and a strong defence and encouragement of “individual effort and private enterprise”.
[Alas, nothing resembling a conservative political party in Australia today. “Defence” and “individual effort and private enterprise” are dirty, non-PC words.]