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What are the conditions which determine the just and equitable representation of the people?

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Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1892) What are the conditions which determine the just and equitable representation of the people? Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 9-21.

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Abstract

To secure a just and equitable representation of the people
in Parliament is a matter which has at all times engaged the
attention of thoughtful, practical legislators, and of great
thinkers. That the idealist should be far in advance of the
practical legislator is what we must naturally expect ; for in
their ideal schemes of " The Best Form of Government," or
" The Best Form of Representation," the former may easily
overlook or surmount obstacles by assumptions which are not
open to the practical legislator who attempts to reduce any
ideal to practice. If knowledge and justice were synonymous,
there would be less difficulty as regards the attainment of an
ideally perfect representation, for this might be secured by
basing the electorate upon some common fixed minimum
standard of education

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 9-21
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2013 07:13
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:48
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