The Liberal Movement was a minor South Australian political party in
the 1970s. Stemming from discontent within the ranks of the Liberal and
Country League, it was organised in 1972 by former premier Steele Hall
as an internal group in response to a perceived resistance to sought
reform within its parent. A year later, when tensions heightened
between the LCL's conservative wing and the LM, it was established in
its own right as a progressive liberal party. When still part of the
league, it had eleven parliamentarians; on its own, it was reduced to
three. In the federal election of 1974, it succeeded in having Hall
elected to the Australian Senate with a primary vote of 10 per cent in
South Australia. It built upon this in the 1975 state election, gaining
almost a fifth of the total vote and an additional member. However, the
non-Labor parties narrowly failed to dislodge the incumbent Dunstan
Labor government. That result, together with internal weaknesses, led
in 1976 to the LM's being re-absorbed into the LCL, which by then had
become the South Australian division of the Liberal Party of Australia.
The LM and its successor parties gave voice to what is termed "small-l
liberalism" in Australia. (more...)
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Today's selected anniversaries:
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Thomas Edison performed a successful test using a carbon filament
thread in an incandescent light bulb , which would become the most
successful version of the product.
A bank run forced New York's Knickerbocker Trust Company to suspend
operations, which triggered the Panic of 1907.
Cold War: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced that Soviet nuclear
weapons had been discovered in Cuba and that he had ordered a naval
"quarantine" of the island nation.
India launched Chandrayaan-1, the country's first unmanned lunar
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (transitive) To draw or push under or below.
2. (intransitive) To move downwards underneath something.
3. (rare) To
remove; to deduct; to take away; to disregard
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Individual societies begin in harmonious adaptation to the environment
and, like individuals, quickly get trapped into nonadaptive,
artificial, repetitive sequences.
When the individual's behavior and consciousness get hooked to a
routine sequence of external actions, he is a dead robot, and it is
time for him to die and be reborn. Time to "drop out," "turn on," and
"tune in." This period of robotization is called the Kali Yuga, the Age
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