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A.B. Piddington, the Last Radical Liberal Morris Graham

A.B. Piddington, the Last Radical Liberal

Morris Graham

Published September 1st 1995
ISBN : 9780868400150
Paperback
251 pages
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A. B. Piddington, once lionised by the Establishment, has been written out of history by his powerful enemies. This extensive study reinstates Piddington as a significant Australian who played an important part in developing Australias socialMoreA. B. Piddington, once lionised by the Establishment, has been written out of history by his powerful enemies. This extensive study reinstates Piddington as a significant Australian who played an important part in developing Australias social policy. Piddingtons achievements were many: he helped shape industrial arbitration in New South Wales- forced John Lange to introduce child endowment- defended the basic wage during the Depression- fought federal attempts to restrict free speech- and became a pre-eminent authority on the Australian economy through conducting state and federal commissions. Now virtually unknown, Piddington attracted controversy and condemnation in the 1920s and 30s for being a dangerous radical. His criticisms of postwar nationalist governments and the money power, and later his rulings as New South Wales Industrial Commissioner made him an enemy to be destroyed. He resigned in 1932 following Langs sacking and lost his place in history in a decade of conservative rule. Always maintaining his support for liberalism and democracy when others retreated into conservatism and even fascism, Piddington was the last radical liberal of his generation.