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16 February - 2 Events - Sullivan Cove and the "Basic Wage"

Unread postby Max ADU » Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:32 pm

Australian History quickies
16th February

2 major events in Australian history today.

  • 1804 - Colonel David Collins
    (3 March 1756, London, England – 24 March 1810, Hobart, Van Diemens Land).

    Collins was the first Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Van Diemens Land, decides on Sullivan Cove, Hobart, as a settlement site founded in 1804.

    In 1901, Tasmania became a state of the Commonwealth of Australia.

    Hobart is Australia's second oldest capital city after Sydney, New South Wales

  • 1914 – Charles Heydon of the New South Wales Industrial Court finds that a "living wage" for a family of four would be 48 shillings a week but more than a living wage should be paid.

    His recommendation was a minimum wage of 8s 6d for unskilled workers and 9s for heavy work.

    Previously, in Australia, in 1907 Harvester Judgment ruled that an employer was obliged to pay his employees a wage that guaranteed them a standard of living which was reasonable for "a human being in a civilised community" to live in "frugal comfort estimated by current... standards,"

    From the Harvester Judgement arose the Australian industrial concept of the "basic wage".
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