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.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||War & society|
|Publication status||Published - May 2007|