Stanley Melbourne Bruce lost the safe seat of Flinders and government in the 1920s, essentially over proposed changes to Australia’s industrial relations system.
On the other hand, some of your readers may recall the impact of revolutionary Pope Leo XIII, whose workers’ charter of the late 19th century caused dispute throughout Europe and sent pious manufacturers out of church doors.
“A small number of very rich men,’ said Leo, “have been able to lay upon the teeming masses of the labouring poor a yoke little better than that of slavery itself.”
Different in degree, certainly, but not so much in kind in relation to today’s imbroglio.
Are we seeing a “sea change” in the once “fair go” hearts of Australians?