Guide to the Papers of Gordon Reid

MS 8371

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Gordon Reid
Date Range
1987-1988
Collection Number
MS 8371
Extent
7.04 metres (44 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

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.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1845768).

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Gordon Reid, National Library of Australia, MS 8371, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

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

Arrangement

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The papers also contain 1987 drafts of an unpublished chronology of the Federal Parliament, 1901-1986 and drafts and proofs of Australia's Commonwealth Parliament, 1901-1988: ten perspectives published by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

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Research files

File. 1.3.1 Opening of Parliament, 1901 - Box 1

File. 1.3.2 Opening of Parliament - Artworks - Tom Roberts / Charles Nuttall - Box 1

File. 1.3.3 First Federal Election 1901 - Box 1

File. 1.3.4 Constitution conventions and Federation, 1897-1899 - Box 1

File. 1.3.5 Executive organisation, 1900-2 - Box 1

File. 1.3.6 Parliamentary staff and departments, 1901 - Box 1

File. 1.3.7 Standing orders and procedure, 1901 - Box 1

File. 1.3.8 Exhibition Building, Melbourne - Box 1

File. 1.3.9 Inauguration of the Commonwealth, 1901 - Box 1

File. 2.3.1 First members and senators, 1901-4 - Box 1

File. 2.3.2 Presiding officers - Box 1

File. 2.3.3 Standing orders and procedures, 1901-12 - Box 1

File. 2.3.2 Standing orders and procedure, 1901-12 - Box 2

File. 2.3.4 Electoral matters - Box 2

File. 2.3.5 Parliamentary staff departments, 1901-06 - Box 2

File. 2.3.6 Dissolutions, 1909 - Box 2

File. 2.3.7 Privilege, 1904-14 - Box 2

File. 2.3.8 Interhouse relationships, 1902-08 - Box 2

File. 2.3.9 Financial procedures, 1901-13 - Box 2

File. 2.3.10 Parliament House, Melbourne - Box 2

File. 2.3.12 Constitutional change - Box 2

File. 2.3.13 Miscellaneous, 1901-14 - Box 2

File. 3.3.1 Parliament and conscription, 1916-18 - Box 3

File. 3.3.2 Double dissolution 1914 and related issues - Box 3

File. 3.3.3 Outbreak of war - Parliament and Finance, 1914 - Box 3

File. 3.3.4 Parliament and finance, 1914-18 - Box 3

File. 3.3.5 Secret sessions, 1916 - Box 3

File. 3.3.6 Federal War Committee, 1915-16 - Box 3

File. 3.3.7 War Precautions Act, 1914-19 - Box 3

File. 3.3.7 War Precautions Act - Regulations - Box 4

File. 3.3.9 Voting/electoral matters in war-time, 1916-18 - Box 4

File. 3.3.10 Attempt to extend life of parliament in 1917 - Box 4

File. 3.3.11 Role of Parliament in war-time - Box 4

File. 3.3.12 Presiding officers, 1912-19 - Box 4

File. 3.3.13 Clerks and parliamentary staff, 1915-19 - Box 5

File. 3.3.14 Censorship, 1915-18 - Box 5

File. 3.3.15 Government and procedure, 1914-18 - Box 5

File. 3.3.16 Referendum Bills, 1914-16 - Box 5

File. 3.3.17 Labor "split", 1916 - Box 5

File. 3.3.18 Parliamentary salaries and allowances, 1918 - Box 5

File. 3.3.19 Miscellaneous - Box 5

File. 4.3.1 Parliament and finance, 1919-27 - Box 5

File. 4.3.2 Continuation of wartime controls and effect of wartime legislation - Box 5

File. 4.3.3 Voting/electoral matters - Box 5

File. 4.3.4 Presiding officers and chairman of committees, 1920-25 - Box 6

File. 4.3.5 Clerks and Parliamentary staff, 1920-22 - Box 6

File. 4.3.6 Standing orders and procedure, 1918-28 - Box 6

File. 4.3.7 Opposition/Party developments, 1920-23 - Box 6

File. 4.3.8 Senate and the exercise of its powers, 1921 - Box 6

File. 4.3.9 Referendum bills and constitutional change, 1921-28 - Box 6

File. 4.3.11 Privilege cases 1.Expulsion of Mahon 2. Other - Box 6

File. 4.3.12 Committees, 1917-40 - Box 6

File. 4.3.14 Parliament House : Move to Canberra (a) general - Box 6

File. 4.3.14 Parliament House : Move to Canberra (b) Speakers' chair and EPA (Empire Parliamentary Association) - Box 6

File. 4.3.14 Parliament House : Move to Canberra (c) The move : staff etc, papers, furniture - Box 7

File. 4.3.14 Parliament House : Move to Canberra (d) Design and construction - Box 7

File. 4.3.15 Theodore allegations, 1928 - Box 7

File. 4.3.16 General/miscellaneous - Box 7

File. 5.3.1 Background and party developments, 1931-33 - Box 7

File. 5.3.2 Opening of Parliament in Canberra - Box 7

File. 5.3.3 Electoral and voting matters - Box 7

File. 5.3.4 Presiding officers and parliamentary staff, 1929-46 - Box 7

File. 5.3.5 Procedure and standing orders, 1931-39 - Box 7

File. 5.3.6 Inter-House disputes, 1918-35 - Box 8

File. 5.3.7 Committees, 1917-45 - Box 8

File. 5.3.8 Legislation, 1934 - Box 8

File. 5.3.9 Parliament, finance and the economy, 1930-32 - Box 8

File. 5.3.10 Referendums and constitutional change, 1929-43 - Box 8

File. 5.3.11 Parliamentary salaries and allowances, 1928-49 - Box 8

File. 5.3.12 Dissolutions, 1929 - Box 8

File. 5.3.13 Miscellaneous, 1927-36 - Box 8

File. 6.3.1 Chapter six-Background - Box 8

File. 6.3.2 Chapter six-Presiding officers and parliamentary staff, 1941-51 - Box 8

File. 6.3.3 Chapter six-Procedure and standing orders, 1943-44 - Box 8

File. 6.3.4 Chapter six-Secret sessions - Box 8

File. 6.3.5 Beginning and end of World War 2 - Box 8

File. 6.3.6 Chapter six -Move to prolong parliament, 1940 - Box 8

File. 6.3.7 Chapter six-Committees 1941-44 (1 of 2) - Box 8

File. 6.3.7 Wartime Committees (2 of 2) - Box 9

File. 6.3.8 Chapter six-National Security Act and Regulations - Box 9

File. 6.3.9 Chapter six-Regulations and Ordinances Committee - Box 9

File. 6.3.10 Chapter six-Censorship, 1940-42 - Box 9

File. 6.3.11 Chapter six-Privilege, 1940-45 - Box 9

File. 6.3.12 Chapter six-Inter House Relations, 1943 - Box 9

File. 6.3.13 Chapter six-National government, 1940-41 - Box 9

File. 6.3.14 Chapter six-Advisory War Council, 1940-45 - Box 9

File. 6.3.15 Constitutional change/Commonwealth powers, 1930-44 - Box 9

File. 6.3.16 Chapter six-Other issues/miscellaneous - Box 9

File. 7.3.1 Parliament House - Box 10

File. 7.3.2 Senate, 1946-67 - Box 10

File. 7.3.3 Presiding officers parliamentary staff, 1945-65 - Box 10

File. 7.3.4 Radio broadcasting - Box 10

File. 7.3.5 Standing orders and procedure - Box 10

File. 7.3.6 Proportional representation - Box 10

File. 7.3.7 Enlargement of Parliament, 1949 - Box 10

File. 7.3.8 Double dissolution, 1951 - Box 10

File. 7.3.9 Revival of the PAC (Public Accounts Committee) - Box 10

File. 7.3.10 Joint Committee on the Constitution - Box 11

File. 7.3.11 Parliamentary salaries and allowances, 1946-64 - Box 11

File. 7.3.12 Ordinary annual services - Box 11

File. 7.3.13 Committees, 1946-66 - Box 11

File. 7.3.14 Inter-house relationships - Box 11

File. 7.3.15 Miscellaneous - Box 11

File. 8.3.1 Standing orders, 1967-81 - Box 11

File. 8.3.2 Presiding officers and Parliamentary staff, 1970-85 - Box 11

File. 8.3.3 Referendums and constitutional change - Box 11

File. 8.3.4 Parliamentary salaries and allowances - Box 12

File. 8.3.5 Staff for MPs - Box 12

File. 8.3.6 Pecuniary interests and members' qualifications - Box 12

File. 8.3.7 Procedures including quorums, sitting days - Box 12

File. 8.3.8 Inter-house relations - Box 12

File. 8.3.9 Joint sittings - Box 12

File. 8.3.10 Double dissolutions, 1974-83 - Box 12

File. 8.3.11 November 1975 - Box 13

File. 8.3.12 House of Representatives practice "the book" (Pettifer), 1958-79 - Box 13

File. 8.3.13 Fixed term parliaments - Box 13

File. 8.3.14 Parliament and the judiciary, 1971 - Box 13

File. 8.3.15 Electoral matters - Box 13

File. 8.3.16 (a) House of Representatives Committees - Box 13

File. 8.3.16 (b) Senate Committees - Box 13

File. 8.3.16 (c) Joint Committees - Box 13

File. 8.3.16 (d) Committees : Procedural issues - Box 13

File. 8.3.16 (e) Committees : General - Box 14

File. 8.3.17 Televising Parliament - Box 14

File. 8.3.18 Other, 1966-88 - Box 14

File. 9.3.1 The convention of ministerial responsibility - Box 14

File. 9.3.2 Elective ministries - Box 14

File. 9.3.4 Ministerial registrations - Box 14

File. 9.3.5 Want of confidence -censure motions - Box 15

File. 9.3.6 Constitutional conventions -responsible government - Box 15

File. 9.3.7 Judicial notice of ministerial responsibility - Box 15

File. 9.3.9 Dissolutions of Parliament - Box 15

File. 9.3.10 Westminster model - Box 15

File. 9.3.11 Administrative law - Box 15

File. 9.3.12 Responsible government and political parties - Box 15

File. 9.3.13 Responsible government and the Senate - Box 15

File. 9.3.14 Cabinet, Prime Ministers and Ministers - Box 15

File. 9.3.16 Governor-General (1 of 2) - Box 16

File. 9.3.16 Governor-General (2 of 2) - Box 16

File. 9.3.17 Ministers and public servants - Box 16

File. 10.3.1 Representation -theory and general - Box 16

File. 10.3.2 (a) Electoral legislation : Bills and Acts, 1902-83 - Box 16

File. 10.3.2 (b) Electoral legislation : Sources, secondary material etc - Box 17

File. 10.3.2 (c) Electoral legislation : Hansard debates, proceedings, 1972-77 - Box 17

File. 10.3.3 Casual vacancies - Box 17

File. 10.3.4 Preferential voting - Box 17

File. 10.3.5 Proportional representation - Box 17

File. 10.3.6 Compulsory voting - Box 18

File. 10.3.7 Electoral divisions and redistributions (a) General (b) Hansard debates, 1905, 1975-79 - Box 18

File. 11.3.1 Parliament and legislation - Box 18

File. 11.3.2 The Senate and the legislative process - Box 18

File. 11.3.3 Delegated legislation - Box 19

File. 11.3.4 Legislative drafting - Box 19

File. 11.3.5 Private members and Senators Bills - Box 19

File. 11.3.6 (a) Legislation Committees - Box 19

File. 11.3.6 (b) Legislation Committees : Bills considered (1 of 2) - Box 19

File. 11.3.6 (b) Legislation Committees : Bills considered (2 of 2) - Box 20

File. 11.3.8 Extrinsic aids for interpretation - Box 20

File. 11.3.9 Advisory opinion - Box 20

File. 11.3.10 Statutory interpretation -High Court - Box 20

File. 11.3.12 Assent and proclamation - Box 20

File. 11.3.13 Statistics - Box 20

File. 11.3.14 Parliamentary procedure on legislation - Box 20

File. 11.3.15 Constitution alteration (1 of 2) - Box 20

File. 11.3.15 Constitutional alteration (2 of 2) - Box 21

File. 11.3.16 Scrutiny of Bills Committee - Box 21

File. 11.3.17 Financial legislation - Box 21

File. 11.3.18 Amendment - Box 21

File. 11.3.19 Retrospective legislation - Box 21

File. 12.3.1 Parliament and the executive - Box 21

File. 12.3.2 Financial Procedures Budgets, 1966-86 - Box 21

File. 12.3.3 Parliamentary question - Box 22

File. 12.3.4 Bureaucracy - Box 22

File. 12.3.5 Parliamentary Committees : work and effectiveness - Box 22

File. 12.3.6 Public Accounts Committee : Auditor-General - Box 22

File. 12.3.7 Parliamentary scrutiny of administration - Box 22

File. 12.3.8 Parliament and public policy - Box 22

File. 12.3.9 Freedom of information - Box 22

File. 12.3.10 Accountability - Box 23

File. 12.3.11 Public Expenditure - Box 23

File. 12.3.12 Public Works Committee - Box 23

File. 12.3.13 Parliamentary Committees : Estimates (Senate) - Box 23

File. 13.3.1 The concept of opposition - Box 23

File. 13.3.2 Office of the Leader of the Opposition - Box 24

File. 13.3.3 Opposition : facilities, allowances etc - Box 24

File. 13.3.4 Recognition of the Opposition in Standing Orders, etc - Box 24

File. 13.3.5 Opposition in the Senate - Box 24

File. 13.3.6 Backbenchers - Box 24

File. 14.3.1 Party and Parliament : party system -general - Box 24

File. 14.3.2 Format recognition of Party - Box 24

File. 14.3.3 Party accommodation in Parliament House - Box 24

File. 14.3.4 Party officials : remuneration etc - Box 24

File. 14.3.5 Party discipline - Box 24

File. 14.3.6 Judicial notice of parties - Box 24

File. 14.3.7 Constitution conventions and party - Box 24

File. 14.3.8 A.L.P - Box 24

File. 14.3.9 Liberal Party - Box 24

File. 14.3.10 National/Country Party - Box 24

File. 14.3.11 Party coalitions - Box 24

File. 14.3.12 Parties, 1890-1910 - Box 25

File. 14.3.13 Miscellaneous - Box 25

File. 15.3.1 Parliament and media : general - Box 25

File. 15.3.2 Membership/organisation at the Press Gallery - Box 25

File. 15.3.3 Press Gallery : Melbourne, Canberra - Box 25

File. 15.3.5 Media and Privilege - Box 25

File. 15.3.6 Press Gallery -incidents - Box 25

File. 15.3.7 Parliamentary broadcasting - Box 25

File. 15.3.8 Lobbyists - Box 25

File. 15.3.9 Direct reporting -Hansard - Box 25

File. 15.3.10 Press Gallery : press clippings news items - Box 25

File. 15.3.11 Miscellaneous - Box 25

File. 16.3.1-16.3.8 Parliament : staffing/personnel, 1901-1979 - Box 26

File. 16.3.9 Parliament : staffing/personnel, 1980- - Box 27

File. 16.3.10 Pinner Report 1932 - Box 27

File. 16.3.11 Parliament : regulations - Box 27

File. 16.3.12 Parliament : staffing and appropriation - Box 27

File. 16.3.13 Parliament : general information on staff, salaries etc - Box 28

File. 16.3.14 Management reviews -House - Box 28

File. 16.3.15 Management reviews -Senate - Box 28

File. 16.3.16 Management reviews -Joint Departments - Box 28

File. 16.3.17 Public Service Act -Parliamentary provisions - Box 28

File. 16.3.17 Miscellaneous - Box 29

File. 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 - Box 29

File. 16.3.9 Hansard staff and organisation - Box 29

File. 16.3.19 Hansard - Box 30

File. 16.3.20 Joint House Department : staff and organisation - Box 30

File. 16.3.21 Library staff and organisation - Box 31

File. 16.3.22 PAC/PWC to House of Reps Department, 1982 - Box 31

File. 17.3.1 Privilege - general - Box 31

File. 17.3.2 Privilege and the courts - Box 31

File. 17.3.3 Browne and Fitzpatrick case - Box 32

File. 17.3.4 Privilege - media (includes cases) - Box 32

File. 17.3.6 Privilege - newspaper clippings - Box 32

File. 17.3.7 Privilege - opinions - Box 32

File. 17.3.8 Privilege - certification - Box 32

File. 17.3.9 Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Privilege, 1984 - Box 32

File. 17.3.11 Privilege : some recent cases - Box 32

File. 17.3.12 Crown privilege - Box 33

File. 17.3.13 Miscellaneous - Box 33

File. 18.3 [ Parliament in decline ] - Box 33

File. 19.3.1 Accommodation in provisional Parliament House - Box 33

File. 19.3.2 Early consideration of a new parliament house - Box 33

File. 19.3.3 Determination of a site - Box 33

File. 19.3.4 New and permanent parliament house - design competition - Box 33

File. 19.3.5 Design and construction of the new Parliament House - Box 33

File. 19.3.5 Design and construction of the new Parliament House - Box 34

File. 19.3.6 New Parliament House : furnishings etc - Box 34

File. 19.3.7 Accommodation in permanent building - Box 34

File. 19.3.8 Future of provisional building - Box 34

File. 20.3.1 [ presiding officers ] - Box 34

File. 21.3.1 Biographies - Box 34

File. 21.3.2 Indexes to papers - Box 34

File. 21.3.2 Index to papers - Box 35

File. 21.3.3 Members : statistics and other details - Box 35

File. 21.3.4 Parliament : books, reviews etc - Box 35

File. 21.3.5 Ceremonial - Box 35

File. 21.3.6 Women in Parliament - Box 35

File. 21.3.7 Opinions, High Court judgments - Box 36

File. 21.3.8 Public opinion polls - Box 36

File. 21.3.9 Parliamentary papers and records - Box 36

File. 21.3.11 Procedure : statistics - Box 36

File. 21.3.12 Senate files : indexes - Box 36

File. 21.3.13 House files : indexes - Box 37

File. 21.3.14 The Parliamentarian : Parliamentary reports - Box 37

File. 21.3.15 The Table : contents Unnumbered The Table : list; members; rules; Society of Clerks of files: the Table - Box 37

File. Unfiled material - Box 38

File. Material to be filed - Box 39

File. Legislation Committees - Box 40

Series 2. Writings

File. Typescript draft chronology of the Federal Parliament, 1901-1986 (unpublished) 1987 - Box 41

File. Drafts of Australia's Commonwealth Parliament Volume 2: Perspectives 1901-1986 - Box 41

File. Marked up publishers proofs of Australia's Commonwealth Parliament, 1901-1988: ten perspectives - Box 43-44