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Type: Book chapter
Title: Socialism in six colonies: the aftermath
Author: Pincus, J.
Citation: Only in Australia: The History, Politics and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism, 2016 / Coleman, W. (ed./s), Ch.9, pp.166-187
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publisher Place: Oxford, UK
Issue Date: 2016
ISBN: 019875325X
Editor: Coleman, W.
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Jonathan Pincus
Abstract: This chapter deals with the legacy of ‘Colonial Socialism’. In 1890 the Australian colonies collectively operated by far the largest government-built, government-owned, and government-operated railway system in the world. The chapter examines the consequences in the twentieth century for the state railway system created by the nineteenth century. It is argued that the propping up of declining railways over the last hundred years has been the occasion for an array of anticompetitive practices and policies. The system was also significant as providing a template for the ‘independent statutory authority’ that has been so pervasive in modern Australia. The state railways also proved to be a seedbed for the growth of the Labor Party.
Keywords: Anti-competitive practices; Colonial Socialism; independent statutory authorities; Labor Party; railways
Description: Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016
Rights: © Copyright Oxford University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753254.003.0009
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