By Maev O'Collins
The placement of Norfolk Island, as a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, is among the old anomalies in governance, which has continued seeing that 1914. It displays the direct old linkages among the British Crown and people Norfolk Islanders who have been descendants of Pitcairn Islanders of Mutiny at the Bounty reputation. but, as soon as Federation was once within the wind, the British executive, opposed to the expressed needs of the Norfolk Island neighborhood, sought to divest itself of all accountability for Norfolk Island. there's a interestingly ‘Yes Minister’ caliber in regards to the negotiations which result in the ultimate take-over by means of Australia, and the appointment of the 1st Commonwealth Administrator of Norfolk Island. The direct involvement of Atlee Hunt, then Secretary of the dep. of exterior Affairs, ultimately ensured the appointment of Michael Vincent Murphy. in an effort to do so finish, Hunt needed to fend off different candidates who have been busy ingratiating themselves with the Minister for exterior Affairs Patrick McMahon Glynn and the then top Minister Joseph cook dinner. this is often basically a examine of the relationships among governors, politicians, public servants and group leaders through the years which the take-over of Norfolk Island, and of the fight of 1 Norfolk Islander, Charles Chase Ray Nobbs, opposed to Australian administrative authority.
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I love literature,” he said. ” He lectured frequently on literary and historical subjects. A sincerely religious man, he made an eloquent speech in the Federal Convention in favour of the insertion of the words that are now in the preamble to the Constitution, “humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God”. He made a close study of the problems of the Murray River, and wrote a very complete report on the legal questions involved. Along with many of his contemporaries in the new Federal Parliament, Glynn was continuously juggling his political, professional and family responsibilities.
Mr. Glynn is a scholar and a sound lawyer. But Mr. Reid, who has less learning and is not a juror, has a natural gift of advocacy which has carried him beyond the student. ——— Labour members cannot follow Mr. Glynn in his fine conceptions. He talks over their heads, but they respect his transparent sincerity and honesty. No one has ever hurled a nasty interjection at him. Like Mr. Skene he occupies a uniquely independent position. Members may agree or disagree with him, but they will always acknowledge his singleness of purpose.
He had enjoyed working with Barton and Deakin. When the first Labor Ministry took over in April 1904 he recorded that: 9 My experience with the two Chiefs I have had has been exceptionally fortunate. For the future, though I hope to be on the best terms personally with the Minister, I can hardly expect to receive so much trust and assistance as I have done in the past. Later he noted: Mr Deakin wrote an appreciative note of the work of the staff, in which he refers to my “judgment, loyalty and unflagging zeal”.
An Uneasy Relationship: Norfolk Island and the Commonwealth of Australia by Maev O'Collins