MS 8371
Papers of Professor Gordon Stanley Reid ( -1989)



Scope and Contents Note

  • Papers
  • 1987-1988
  • 7.04 m (44 boxes)
  • Available for reference

The papers were donated by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library in two instalments in 1989 and 1990.

The collection comprises extensive research files maintained by Professor Reid and his research assistants while researching the history of the Commonwealth Parliament. The files contain notes, articles, newspaper cuttings and printed materials, as well as photocopies of primary materials dating from as early as 1861. The files are named and arranged in a numerical sequence devised by the researchers.

The papers also contain 1987 drafts of an unpublished chronology of the Federal Parliament, 1901-1986 and drafts and proofs of Australia's Commonwealth Parliament, 1901-1988: ten perspectives published by Melbourne University Press in 1989.

Files 1.3 - 8.3 appear to correspond to the time periods discussed in the chronology, while files 9.3 onwards seem to contain background material for the Ten perspectives. There are some omissions in the numbering of the files.

Biographical Note

Professor of Politics, University of Western Australia, 1966-70, 1974-78, 1983-84; Vice-Chancellor, 1978-82; Governor of Western Australia, 1984-1989, and author and joint author of various publications on Australian politics including The politics of financial control (1966), Out of the wilderness: the return of Labor (1974), The Western Australian elections (1974), and The premiers of Western Australia, 1890-1982 (1982). Professor Reid, assisted by Dr Martin Forrest, was commissioned to write a history of the Commonwealth Parliament as part of the Parliament's Bicentenary Publications Project. Professor Reid died in 1989.


Series Description

Series 1 Research files

1901-1914

Box 1
1.3.1       Opening of Parliament, 1901                                  
1.3.2       Opening of Parliament - Artworks - Tom Roberts / Charles     
            Nuttall                                                      
1.3.3       First Federal Election 1901                                  
1.3.4       Constitution conventions and Federation, 1897-1899           
1.3.5       Executive organisation, 1900-2                               
1.3.6       Parliamentary staff and departments, 1901                    
1.3.7       Standing orders and procedure, 1901                          
1.3.8       Exhibition Building, Melbourne                               
1.3.9       Inauguration of the Commonwealth, 1901                       
2.3.1       First members and senators, 1901-4                           
2.3.2       Presiding officers                                           
2.3.3       Standing orders and procedures, 1901-12                      
Box 2
2.3.2       Standing orders and procedure, 1901-12                       
2.3.4       Electoral matters                                            
2.3.5       Parliamentary staff & departments, 1901-06                   
2.3.6       Dissolutions, 1909                                           
2.3.7       Privilege, 1904-14                                           
2.3.8       Interhouse relationships, 1902-08                            
2.3.9       Financial procedures, 1901-13                                
2.3.10      Parliament House, Melbourne                                  
2.3.12      Constitutional change                                        
2.3.13      Miscellaneous, 1901-14                                       

1914-1918

Box 3

3.3.1       Parliament and conscription, 1916-18                         
3.3.2       Double dissolution 1914 and related issues                   
3.3.3       Outbreak of war - Parliament and Finance, 1914               
3.3.4       Parliament and finance, 1914-18                              
3.3.5       Secret sessions, 1916                                        
3.3.6       Federal War Committee, 1915-16                               
3.3.7       War Precautions Act, 1914-19                                 
Box 4
3.3.7       War Precautions Act - Regulations                            
3.3.9       Voting/electoral matters in war-time, 1916-18                
3.3.10      Attempt to extend life of parliament in 1917                 
3.3.11      Role of Parliament in war-time                               
3.3.12      Presiding officers, 1912-19                                  
Box 5
3.3.13      Clerks and parliamentary staff, 1915-19                      
3.3.14      Censorship, 1915-18                                          
3.3.15      Government and procedure, 1914-18                            
3.3.16      Referendum Bills, 1914-16                                    
3.3.17      Labor "split", 1916                                          
3.3.18      Parliamentary salaries and allowances, 1918                  
3.3.19      Miscellaneous                                                
4.3.1       Parliament and finance, 1919-27                             
4.3.2       Continuation of wartime controls and effect of wartime      
            legislation                                                 
4.3.3       Voting/electoral matters                                    
Box 6
4.3.4        Presiding officers and chairman of committees, 1920-25      
4.3.5        Clerks and Parliamentary staff, 1920-22                     
4.3.6        Standing orders and procedure, 1918-28                      
4.3.7        Opposition/Party developments, 1920-23                      
4.3.8        Senate and the exercise of its powers, 1921                 
4.3.9        Referendum bills and constitutional change, 1921-28         
4.3.11       Privilege cases    1. Expulsion of Mahon    2. Other        
4.3.12       Committees, 1917-40                                         
4.3.14       Parliament House : Move to Canberra (a) general             
4.3.14       Parliament House : Move to Canberra (b) Speakers' chair     
             and EPA (Empire Parliamentary Association)                  
Box 7
4.3.14      Parliament House : Move to Canberra (c) The move : staff     
            etc, papers, furniture                                       
4.3.14      Parliament House : Move to Canberra (d) Design and           
            construction                                                 
4.3.15      Theodore allegations, 1928                                   
4.3.16      General/miscellaneous                                        

1927-1939

Box 7 (cont)
5.3.1       Background and party developments, 1931-33                   
5.3.2       Opening of Parliament in Canberra                            
5.3.3       Electoral and voting matters                                 
5.3.4       Presiding officers and parliamentary staff, 1929-46          
5.3.5       Procedure and standing orders, 1931-39                       
Box 8
5.3.6       Inter-House disputes, 1918-35                                
5.3.7       Committees, 1917-45                                          
5.3.8       Legislation, 1934                                            
5.3.9       Parliament, finance and the economy, 1930-32                 
5.3.10      Referendums and constitutional change, 1929-43               
5.3.11      Parliamentary salaries and allowances, 1928-49               
5.3.12      Dissolutions, 1929                                           
5.3.13      Miscellaneous, 1927-36                                       
6.3.1       Chapter six-Background                                       
6.3.2       Chapter six-Presiding officers and parliamentary staff,      
            1941-51                                                      
6.3.3       Chapter six-Procedure and standing orders, 1943-44           
6.3.4       Chapter six-Secret sessions                                  
6.3.5       Beginning and end of World War 2                             
6.3.6       Chapter six -Move to prolong parliament, 1940                
6.3.7       Chapter six-Committees  1941-44  (1 of 2)                    
Box 9
6.3.7       Wartime Committees  (2 of 2)                                 
6.3.8       Chapter six-National Security Act and Regulations            
6.3.9       Chapter six-Regulations and Ordinances Committee             
6.3.10      Chapter six-Censorship, 1940-42                              
6.3.11      Chapter six-Privilege, 1940-45                               
6.3.12      Chapter six-Inter House Relations, 1943                      
6.3.13      Chapter six-National government, 1940-41                     
6.3.14      Chapter six-Advisory War Council, 1940-45                    
6.3.15      Constitutional change/Commonwealth powers, 1930-44           
6.3.16      Chapter six-Other issues/miscellaneous                       
Box 10

1945-1966

7.3.1       Parliament House                                             
7.3.2       Senate, 1946-67                                              
7.3.3       Presiding officers & parliamentary staff, 1945-65            
7.3.4       Radio broadcasting                                           
7.3.5       Standing orders and procedure                                
7.3.6       Proportional representation                                  
7.3.7       Enlargement of Parliament, 1949                              
7.3.8       Double dissolution, 1951                                     
7.3.9       Revival of the PAC  (Public Accounts Committee)              
Box 11
7.3.10      Joint Committee on the Constitution                          
7.3.11      Parliamentary salaries and allowances, 1946-64               
7.3.12      Ordinary annual services                                     
7.3.13      Committees, 1946-66                                          
7.3.14      Inter-house relationships                                    
7.3.15      Miscellaneous                                                
8.3.1       Standing orders, 1967-81                                     
8.3.2       Presiding officers and Parliamentary staff, 1970-85          
8.3.3       Referendums and constitutional change                        
Box 12
8.3.4       Parliamentary salaries and allowances                        
8.3.5       Staff for MPs                                                
8.3.6       Pecuniary interests and members' qualifications              
8.3.7       Procedures including quorums, sitting days                   
8.3.8       Inter-house relations                                        
8.3.9       Joint sittings                                               
8.3.10      Double dissolutions, 1974-83                                 
Box 13
8.3.11      November 1975                                                
8.3.12      House of Representatives practice  "the book"  (Pettifer),   
            1958-79                                                      
8.3.13      Fixed term parliaments                                       
8.3.14      Parliament and the judiciary, 1971                           
8.3.15      Electoral matters                                            
8.3.16      (a) House of Representatives Committees                      
8.3.16      (b) Senate Committees                                        
8.3.16      (c) Joint Committees                                         
8.3.16      (d) Committees : Procedural issues                           
Box 14
8.3.16      (e) Committees : General                                     
8.3.17      Televising Parliament                                        
8.3.18      Other, 1966-88                                               
9.3.1       The convention of ministerial responsibility                 
9.3.2       Elective ministries                                          
9.3.4       Ministerial registrations                                    
Box 15
9.3.5       Want of confidence  -censure motions                         
9.3.6       Constitutional conventions  -responsible government          
9.3.7       Judicial notice of ministerial responsibility                
9.3.9       Dissolutions of Parliament                                   
9.3.10      Westminster model                                            
9.3.11      Administrative law                                           
9.3.12      Responsible government and political parties                 
9.3.13      Responsible government and the Senate                        
9.3.14      Cabinet, Prime Ministers and Ministers                       
Box 16
9.3.16      Governor-General  (1 of 2)                                   
9.3.16      Governor-General  (2 of 2)                                   
9.3.17      Ministers and public servants                                
10.3.1      Representation   -theory and general                         
10.3.2      (a) Electoral legislation : Bills and Acts, 1902-83          
Box 17
10.3.2      (b) Electoral legislation : Sources, secondary material      
            etc.                                                         
10.3.2      (c) Electoral legislation : Hansard debates, proceedings,    
            1972-77                                                      
10.3.3      Casual vacancies                                             
10.3.4      Preferential voting                                          
10.3.5      Proportional representation                                  
Box 18
10.3.6      Compulsory voting                                            
10.3.7      Electoral divisions and redistributions (a) General (b)      
            Hansard debates, 1905, 1975-79                               
11.3.1      Parliament and legislation                                   
11.3.2      The Senate and the legislative process                       
Box 19
11.3.3      Delegated legislation                                        
11.3.4      Legislative drafting                                         
11.3.5      Private members and Senators Bills                           
11.3.6      (a) Legislation Committees                                   
11.3.6      (b) Legislation Committees : Bills considered  (1 of 2)      
Box 20
11.3.6      (b) Legislation Committees : Bills considered  (2 of 2)      
11.3.8      Extrinsic aids for interpretation                            
11.3.9      Advisory opinion                                             
11.3.10     Statutory interpretation   -High Court                       
11.3.12     Assent and proclamation                                      
11.3.13     Statistics                                                   
11.3.14     Parliamentary procedure on legislation                       
11.3.15     Constitution alteration  (1 of 2)                            
Box 21
11.3.15     Constitutional alteration  (2 of 2)                          
11.3.16     Scrutiny of Bills Committee                                  
11.3.17     Financial legislation                                        
11.3.18     Amendment                                                    
11.3.19     Retrospective legislation                                    
12.3.1      Parliament and the executive                                 
12.3.2      Financial Procedures Budgets, 1966-86                        
Box 22
12.3.3      Parliamentary question                                       
12.3.4      Bureaucracy                                                  
12.3.5      Parliamentary Committees : work and effectiveness            
12.3.6      Public Accounts Committee : Auditor-General                  
12.3.7      Parliamentary scrutiny of administration                     
12.3.8      Parliament and public policy                                 
12.3.9      Freedom of information                                       
Box 23
12.3.10     Accountability                                               
12.3.11     Public Expenditure                                           
12.3.12     Public Works Committee                                       
12.3.13     Parliamentary Committees : Estimates  (Senate)               
13.3.1      The concept of opposition                                    
Box 24
13.3.2      Office of the Leader of the Opposition                       
13.3.3      Opposition : facilities, allowances etc.                     
13.3.4      Recognition of the Opposition in Standing Orders, etc.       
13.3.5      Opposition in the Senate                                     
13.3.6      Backbenchers                                                 
14.3.1      Party and Parliament : party system  -general                
14.3.2      Format recognition of Party                                  
14.3.3      Party accommodation in Parliament House                      
14.3.4      Party officials : remuneration etc.                          
14.3.5      Party discipline                                             
14.3.6      Judicial notice of parties                                   
14.3.7      Constitution conventions and party                           
14.3.8      A.L.P.                                                       
14.3.9      Liberal Party                                                
14.3.10     National/Country Party                                       
14.3.11     Party coalitions                                             
Box 25
14.3.12     Parties, 1890-1910                                           
14.3.13     Miscellaneous                                                
15.3.1      Parliament and media : general                               
15.3.2      Membership/organisation at the Press Gallery                 
15.3.3      Press Gallery : Melbourne, Canberra                          
15.3.5      Media and Privilege                                          
15.3.6      Press Gallery   -incidents                                   
15.3.7      Parliamentary broadcasting                                   
15.3.8      Lobbyists                                                    
15.3.9      Direct reporting   -Hansard                                  
15.3.10     Press Gallery : press clippings news items                   
15.3.11     Miscellaneous                                                
Box 26
16.3.1-16.3.8   Parliament : staffing/personnel, 1901-1979               
Box 27
16.3.9      Parliament : staffing/personnel, 1980-                       
16.3.10     Pinner Report 1932                                           
16.3.11     Parliament : regulations                                     
16.3.12     Parliament : staffing and appropriation                      
Box 28
16.3.13     Parliament : general information on staff, salaries etc.     
16.3.14     Management reviews   -House                                  
16.3.15     Management reviews   -Senate                                 
16.3.16     Management reviews   -Joint Departments                      
16.3.17     Public Service Act   -Parliamentary provisions               
Box 29
16.3.17     Miscellaneous                                                
16.3.18     Edwin Blackmore; Keith Bradshaw; Roy Bullock; Charles Gavan  
            Duffy, Walter Gate, Frank Green, Edward Hubert, George       
            Jenkins, John McGregor, James Odgers, Ernest Parkes, Norman  
            Parkes, Allan Tregear, Alan Turner                           
16.3.9      Hansard staff and organisation                               
Box 30
16.3.19     Hansard                                                      
16.3.20     Joint House Department : staff and organisation              
Box 31
16.3.21     Library staff and organisation                               
16.3.22     PAC/PWC to House of Reps Department, 1982                    
17.3.1      Privilege - general                                          
17.3.2      Privilege and the courts                                     
Box 32
17.3.3      Browne and Fitzpatrick case                                  
17.3.4      Privilege - media  (includes cases)                          
17.3.6      Privilege - newspaper clippings                              
17.3.7      Privilege - opinions                                         
17.3.8      Privilege - certification                                    
17.3.9      Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Privilege, 1984      
17.3.11     Privilege : some recent cases                                
Box 33
17.3.12     Crown privilege                                              
17.3.13     Miscellaneous                                                
18.3        [ Parliament in decline ]                                    
19.3.1      Accommodation in provisional Parliament House                
19.3.2      Early consideration of a new parliament house                
19.3.3      Determination of a site                                      
19.3.4      New and permanent parliament house - design competition      
19.3.5      Design and construction of the new Parliament House          
Box 34
19.3.5      Design and construction of the new Parliament House          
19.3.6      New Parliament House : furnishings etc.                      
19.3.7      Accommodation in permanent building                          
19.3.8      Future of provisional building                               
20.3.1      [ presiding officers ]                                       
21.3.1      Biographies                                                  
21.3.2      Indexes to papers                                            
Box 35
21.3.2      Index to papers                                              
21.3.3      Members : statistics and other details                       
21.3.4      Parliament : books, reviews etc.                             
21.3.5      Ceremonial                                                   
21.3.6      Women in Parliament                                          
Box 36
21.3.7      Opinions, High Court judgments                               
21.3.8      Public opinion polls                                         
21.3.9      Parliamentary papers and records                             
21.3.11     Procedure : statistics                                       
21.3.12     Senate files : indexes                                       
Box 37
21.3.13         House files : indexes                                    
21.3.14         The Parliamentarian : Parliamentary reports              
21.3.15         The Table : contents                                     
Unnumbered      The Table : list; members; rules; Society of Clerks of   
files:          the Table                                                
Box 38

Unfiled material

Box 39

Material to be filed

Box 40

Legislation Committees

Series 2 Writings

Chronology of the Federal Parliament

Box 41

Typescript draft chronology of the Federal Parliament, 1901-1986 (unpublished) 1987

Australia's Commonwealth parliament, 1901-1988: ten perspectives

Drafts of Australia's Commonwealth Parliament Volume 2 : Perspectives 1901-1986

Box 43-44

Marked up publishers proofs of Australia's Commonwealth Parliament, 1901-1988 : ten perspectives.

Guide prepared May 1994. Last updated 13 August 1996