Formulating War Service Land Settlement Policy: The Returned Sailors Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia and the Rural Reconstruction Commission

Troy Whitford, Donald Boadle

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Abstract

In 1943 the Curtin Labor Government challenged the Returned Sailors Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia (RSSAILA) by establishing a Rural Reconstruction Commission (RRC) and charging it with formulating recommendations on War Service Land Settlement. This has been interpreted as an unqualified 'defeat' for the RSSAILA, which hitherto had enjoyed direct access to policy makers. The present paper suggests that, while the RRC served as an effective buffer between the Commonwealth Government and the RSSAILA on the one hand and between the Commonwealth and State Governments on the other, its members approached their task as stakeholders prepared to champion their own interests and accommodate those of other stakeholders, including the RSSAILA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-60
Number of pages22
JournalWar & society
Volume26
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2007

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