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On this day …….. 29th of October 1952

On the 29th of October 1952 Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced that ‘this is the first day in the history of the Federal Parliament in which William Morris Hughes has not sat as a member’. The day earlier Billy Hughes (William Morris Hughes) former 7th Prime Minister of Australia died at the age of 90. Over the course of his 58-year federal parliamentary career, Hughes changed parties five times: from Labor (1901–16) to National Labor (1916–17) to Nationalist (1917–30) to Australian (1930–31) to United Australia (1931–44) to Liberal (1944–52). He was the 7th Prime Minister from 1915 to 1923.

 

On this day …….. 28th of October 1916

Billy Hughes, Australia’s 7th Prime Minister, most controversial policies was conscription, an issue which not only created a rift in the Labor Party, but divided the young nation as well. On 28 October 1916, the first referendum to introduce compulsory military enlistment into World War 1 was voted on, and narrowly defeated. Two weeks later, on 13 November, the Labor Party expelled Hughes over his support for conscription. However, just a few days earlier Hughes had formed the Nationalist Party which incorporated both expelled Labor Party members and members of the opposition. Hughes formed a new cabinet and remained as Prime Minister, a position he retained until 1923.

 

On this day …….. 29th of October 1952

On the 29th of October 1952 Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced that ‘this is the first day in the history of the Federal Parliament in which William Morris Hughes has not sat as a member’. The day earlier Billy Hughes (William Morris Hughes) former 7th Prime Minister of Australia died at the age of 90. Over the course of his 58-year federal parliamentary career, Hughes changed parties five times: from Labor (1901–16) to National Labor (1916–17) to Nationalist (1917–30) to Australian (1930–31) to United Australia (1931–44) to Liberal (1944–52). He was the 7th Prime Minister from 1915 to 1923.

 

On this day …….. 28th of October 1916

Billy Hughes, Australia’s 7th Prime Minister, most controversial policies was conscription, an issue which not only created a rift in the Labor Party, but divided the young nation as well. On 28 October 1916, the first referendum to introduce compulsory military enlistment into World War 1 was voted on, and narrowly defeated. Two weeks later, on 13 November, the Labor Party expelled Hughes over his support for conscription. However, just a few days earlier Hughes had formed the Nationalist Party which incorporated both expelled Labor Party members and members of the opposition. Hughes formed a new cabinet and remained as Prime Minister, a position he retained until 1923.