Nethercote, JR: 1914 double dissolution

Nethercote, JR

Forgotten centenary: the 1914 double dissolution of parliament‘, Canberra Times, 9 July 2014

Succinct and clear explanation of Australia’s first double dissolution, although the rules and roles then were rather different from what would apply if a double dissolution were to occur today. The political crisis in Australia unfolded in a more leisurely way than what was happening in Europe at virtually the same time. The author points out that Liberal prime minister Cook played an important role in insisting that Australian rather than Westminster rules should be followed in resolving the deadlock between the two Houses.

The article appeared in the hard copy of the Canberra Times on 21 July.

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