Vicious voters, 1891

One-man-one-vote would mean the enfranchisement of whole armies of idle or vicious nomads … the lazy sundowner, the spieler, would all be enfranchised … it would place another weapon in the hands of the plutocracy. Western nomads, like all such people, are essentially venal.

Darling Downs Gazette (Toowoomba), 1891, contemplating the shearers’ strike; quoted DB Waterson, Squatter, Selector, and Storekeeper (1968), p. 237.

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