Drake's progress: the political somersaults of J.G. Drake

Megarrity, Lyndon (2017) Drake's progress: the political somersaults of J.G. Drake. Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 103 (2). pp. 111-135.

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James George Drake is one of the least remembered Founding Fathers of Federation. A prominent Queensland senator (1901-06), Drake was a key minister in the first two federal cabinets. But unlike many of his Commonwealth colleagues, no Canberra suburb bears Drake's name, no electorate is named after him, and most historians of the Federation era mention him in passing, if at all. His neglect is surprising, because J. G. Drake was one of the most divisive and controversial Queensland politicians of his era. In both the Queensland and Commonwealth parliaments, he earned himself the somewhat undeserved reputation as a political somersaulter with highly flexible principles. This article chiefly examines the political career of Drake, and finds that despite changing the colour of his political flag from time to time, Drake remained true to the philosophy of liberalism that had sustained him from the 1880s onwards.

Item ID: 51859
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1838-7381
Keywords: Queensland politics; Queensland history; Colonial Queensland; Colonial Liberalism; Commonwealth
Projects and Grants: Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), Australian Society of Authors
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 02:15
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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