Monday, May 08, 2006

What would our PM do with these famous Aussie seditionists?

Henry Lawson

John Haynes (April 26, 1850 - August 15, 1917), was an Australian parliamentarian for 29 years, 9 months and 11 days, and co-founder with JF Archibald, of The Bulletin, Australia's most influential magazine.

In 'The Bully's" earlier years he once spent thirteen weeks in prison for libel (the public raised £3,000 and he was released). He was later editor of the Newsletter. In parliament and through the courts he pursued the corrupt NSW politicians William Patrick Crick and William Nicholas Willis, the latter all the way to South Africa.

In 1891, Haynes was ratepayer on two Sydney addresses that were the focus of radical and anarchist activity in Sydney Leigh House, Active Service Brigade HQ and McNamara's Book Depot).

Jack Lang, Australian politician (December 21, 1876 - September 27, 1975), brother-in-law of the radical Australian poet Henry Lawson (pictured above right). Lang was an early member of the Australian Labor Party, and the Premier of New South Wales for two terms, from 1925 - 27, and again from 1930 - 32. Like William Morris Hughes (later Australian Prime Minister; see below), in his youth Lang worked on Arthur Desmond's anarchist journal, Hard Cash.

Wlliam Morris Hughes, seventh Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1952); wartime leader (WW I) and Australia's longest-serving federal parliamentarian (51 years, 7 months continuous service). In the early-1890s he was associated with the establishment of a paper called The New Order, which was the brainchild of the anarchist Active Service Brigade leader, Arthur Desmond. (William Holman and Jack Lang, both later Premiers of New South Wales, were also involved in Desmond's anarchist newspapers in Sydney.)

What would John Howard and Philip Ruddock do with these famous Australians today?

Source: Free Speech Australia

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