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TROUBLE IN SYDNEY.

■< (Received 9.40 a.m.), ''-.'' : '''*safN^s?'», : '$"* : d»Jv ; " : . After a stormy- meeting Mr Thyer, President of the Labour Council, resigned owing: toy the carrying of a resolution that it was inconsistent for thepreeideat to accept a. seat oh i Wiges Board under" the Industrial Disputes Act after the Council - had previously condemned the Act.*' " X The Labour Council adopted a resolution favouring the limiting of' the week's work to 44 hours. . 'Albert Victor Grayson,. M.P., .who has caused so much trouble in the Labour ranks since his election in July, 1907, is only 27 years of age, and was the first Socialist member, without qualifying adjective of any kind, to sit in the House of Commons. He created a sensation last year by his denunciation of the House for its refusal to make the unemployed question the first subject of discussion, a denunciation which ended in his suspension. The Labour group, -jyhich has given its assistance to the Liberal party, does not go far or fast enough for', hhn, and his criticisms of them and their methods arose out of their unreadiness to follow bis lead. He calls himself' the "member for the starving child," for the men and women who. do.the rude; work of Jthe world, the workers in the '.fields,. the mines, and the factories, the living foundation upon which are reared the churchy the palace, and. the judgment hall." He is no common man,.says Mr. W. T. Stead. He is the incarnation of the spirit :of revolt against the evils of existing society, but it is the spirit of revolt touched with the living fire of a missionary zeal. Mr. Grayson is an idealist, and he believes that the future belongs to the idealist. He is full, of the enthusiasm and the ,op> timism oif youth. He; is in deadly earnest and he is absolutely sincere. He has made social reform his religion,' and he has found his inspiration, like Mazzini, in a belief in the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.

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TROUBLE IN SYDNEY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 90, 16 April 1909

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