Contesting ‘the Ballarat cry’: interpreting the unstable narrative of trade and race in the 1903 federal election

  title={Contesting ‘the Ballarat cry’: interpreting the unstable narrative of trade and race in the 1903 federal election},
  author={Mark Chung Hearn},
  journal={History Australia},
  pages={693 - 710}
  • M. Hearn
  • Published 2 October 2018
  • Political Science
  • History Australia
Abstract Prime Minister Alfred Deakin’s 1903 election ‘Ballarat cry’ of ‘fiscal peace and preferential trade for a white Australia’ provided a peroration that he deployed in speeches throughout the campaign to rally popular support for his nation-building programme. A narrative of trade and race was designed to avoid an unstable or hostile future by reconstituting security within the British Empire and white identity, buttressed by immigration restriction and tariff barriers. The narrative… 


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