Dust, Contractors, Politics and Silicosis: Conflicting Narratives and the Queensland Royal Commission into Miners' Phthisis, 1911

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Title Dust, Contractors, Politics and Silicosis: Conflicting Narratives and the Queensland Royal Commission into Miners' Phthisis, 1911
Author Bowden, Bradley; Penrose, Beris
Journal Name Australian Historical Studies
Editor Shurlee Swain and Stuart Macintyre
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher University of Melbourne
Abstract In 1909-10 the Queensland Parliamentary Labor Party was rebuilding its strength from the Opposition benches after a damaging split with its former leader, William Kidston, who continued as premier in alliance with more conservative politicians. Reflecting the cocnerns of hard-rock miners, the party campaigned to ameliorate the occupational disease silicosis (miners' phthisis). In December 1910 a Royal Commission was appointed to enquire into this 'evil', This opportunity was squandered by the commission's conservative findings, the government's action in placing responsibility for dust suppression on tributers and contractors and the reluctance of mining unions to alientate the latter groups by making silicosis an industrial issue. This article attempts t o recover employer and employee narratives that helped shape this pivotal event whose legacy cast a long shadow over the lives of Queensland mining families
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t786314679~db=all
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10314610608601221
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2006. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted.
Volume 37
Issue Number 128
Page from 89
Page to 107
ISSN 1031-461X
Date Accessioned 2006-11-15
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Economic History; PRE2009-Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13986
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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