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PEOPLE OF THE FCT DISENFRANCHISED

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 2:25 AM

In the CANBERRA FACTS section an article published in 'The Canberra Times' 1944 refers to the early struggle of the people of the FCT in their attempts to regain their voting rights.  One of the influential men against giving these rights to the people of the territory in 1927 was John Butters, First Commissioner.  This article tells of the struggle that began earlier with people working in the Social Service Association to regain their civil rights and their democratic right to vote for a member of parliament to represent them in the Federal Parliament.  This right was not gained until 1949 when Dr Lewis Wyndamere Nott became our first elected member of the House of Representatives. He was replaced by Jim Fraser who held the position for many years.  The member up until many years later, could only vote on bills to do with the FCT - now ACT.  It was many years later that we got a member for the Senate and it was not until 1989 that we got a local government.

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