Journal article

Robert Menzies: miners and the metals market crash of 1930


Journal of Australasian Mining History | Australasian Mining History Association | Published : 2015


When base metal prices crashed in 1930, the mining industry rallied its political and media connections in its support. Melbourne, then the industry's chief corporate base, was a centre of this lobbying. One of the issues around which it agitated was the tariff, which since the late nineteenth century had been a token of faith with liberals and even conservatives in Victoria. Robert Menzies, a QC and Victorian politician then taking his first tentative steps towards the federal arena, played a key role in weakening the unalloyed allegiance of the Victorian National Federation to the tariff, altering the party's platform to reflect the need for tariff reform. This paper investigates the devel..

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