Protection Wins the Day in South Australia.
The utter and complete rout of the freetrade party in South Australia will (the Melbourne "Age " believes) stagger the supporters of the cause in the neighboring colonies, and more especially in New South Wales. The elections just concluded have resulted in every candidate who stood by Freetrade being rejected at the polls. The new Parliament will thus be Protectionist to a man. An ounce of fact is worth a ton. of wordy argument, and by this conclusive verdict from a colony, which only the other day, so to speak. became a convert to protection, the Freetrade party in Sydney, who profess to believe that they will yet bring a federated Australia to their way. of thinking, should receive their final quietus. The South Australian elections are further notable, insomuch that they show that the single tax campaign, undertaken by Mr Henry George, has been labor thrown away. Though the arch apostle of land nationalisation and of freetrade was in Adelaide during the voting, his presence, his oratory and his sophistical arguments have not resulted in a single success for his supporters. Indeed, the latter have rather found that to follow Mr George was to make defeat a matter of certainly. The faith of the few who have clung to their prophet's teachings, and have brought him all the way from America in a last desperate effort to hold together their rapidly dissolving forces, should now be finally shaken. Such a complete overthrow of a party has seldom taken place in the history of the Australian colonies, the only parallel being the Victorian elections in May, 1877, when the gaggers led by Sir James McCulloch, had their forces annihilated.
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Protection Wins the Day in South Australia., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2435, 21 May 1890
Protection Wins the Day in South Australia. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2435, 21 May 1890
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