Power at the periphery: sectarianism and the 1957 Labor Party split in regional Queensland

Harmes, Meredith A. and Harmes, Marcus K. and Harmes, Barbara (2012) Power at the periphery: sectarianism and the 1957 Labor Party split in regional Queensland. Queensland History Journal, 21 (9). pp. 626-640. ISSN 1836-5477


The impact of religion on tensions within the Queensland Labor Party at the time of the 1957 split has been documented in scholarly literature, but its implications have not been fully discussed. This paper interprets the electoral fortunes of successive leaders of the Labor Party, John Duggan and Leslie Wood, and in doing so will make a case study of the impact of sectarianism in regional Queensland, and treats Toowoomba as a particular point of reference. This paper reconstructs the role which the provincial Catholic episcopate played in seeking to promote so-called ‘Groupers’ within the Labor movement and in punishing co-religionists within the Australian Labor Party who did not join the Queensland (later Democratic) Labor Party.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 21318
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher's copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2012 05:39
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2015 01:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wood, Leslie (1907-1958); Brennan, William, Bishop of Toowoomba; Duggan, John; Australian Labor Party; Queensland Labor Party; Democratic Labor Party; Roman Catholic Church (Diocese of Toowoomba); Labor split
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21318

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only