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Extreme Pairing – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 24th, 2011 · No Comments · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, Conservative Politics, Democracy, Extremism, Politics

With rumours of further ALP defections and Labor’s opponents ready to try anything to snatch power, the (Queensland) Theodore government looked decidedly vulnerable. Anti-Labor refused any pairs to the government despite an influenza epidemic which laid low both McCormack and Ipswich MLA David Gledson. In August 1922, Theodore had Gledson carried in on a stretcher; with the Speaker’s casting vote, this gave the Government the numbers to obtain an adjournment. It was ‘impossible for the government to continue business without seriously endangering human life’, asserted Theodore….The following day he offended the purists and outraged the opposition by introducing proxy voting in parliament. Brushing all objections aside, ‘Red Ted’ asserted that this unprecedented step was justified to counter the opposition’s unprecedented denial of pairs when members were seriously ill. … Theodore’s reputation as a shrewd, tough political operator was confirmed.

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