chapter  XV
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LORD CHELMSFORD'S EXERCISE OF RESERVE POWERS—THE QUEENSLAND CRISIS OF 1907–8

T OWARDS the end of 1907 Lord Chelmsford, when Governor of Queensland, became involved in a serious dispute with the Liberal Ministry under Mr. Kidston, which had the general support of the Labour party, and was opposed by the Conservative party under Mr. Philp. The Assembly was elected in May I 907, and met in July I 907. At this time the Legislative Council was a body whose members were nominated by the Governor, and there was no statutory restriction upon the number of members. Mr. Kidston requested the Governor that sufficient appointments should be made to ensure the carrying out of his policy. The Governor refused the request and sent for Mr. Philp, who agreed to form a Ministry. He met the Assembly on November 12th, 1907, but it refused to adjourn at his request, and passed a resolution expressing its disapproval at the contemplated change of Government. The Governor then sent for Mr. Kidston, and requested him to ask the Assembly to adjourn for several days in order to enable Mr. Philp to form a Ministry. Mr. Kidston duly made the request to the Assembly, and the House agreed to the adjournment. On November 19th the Philp Ministry met the Assembly and asked for supply, but although it was refused Mr. Philp continued to administer the Government. On November 20th he again moved the adjournment, but was again defeated. On November 22nd he endeavoured to pass a Supply Bill, but the Assembly refused to assent and addressed the Governor, stating that:

In the address it was also stated: 'We further submit to your Excellency that the Kidston Ministry

And further: 'We respectfully submit to Your Excellency that it is probably

On November 22 Lord Chelmsford made a reply to the Assembly. He stated that 'the constitutional position of the Upper House' was

becoming Premier again. For a time it seemed probable that Supply would not be passed to cover the period between the

THE QUEENSLAND CRISIS OF 1907-8 139 date of the accession of Mr. Philp to the Premiership and February 18th, 1908, when Mr. Kidston became Premier again. However, this course was not pursued, and Parliament agreed to the Kidston Constitutional Bill which provided for a reference direct to the people bf Bills as to which there was persistent disagreement between the two Houses.