UPPER HOUSE APPOINTMENTS—THE QUEENSLAND PRECEDENT OF 1920
T HE action of the Lieutenant-Governor of Queensland, Mr. Lennon, in the year 1920 may be considered as providing a contrast with the action of Sir Dudley de Chair in the New South Wales dispute of 1926-7. The Legislative Council occupied precisely the same position in the constitutional polity of Queensland as did the Council in New South Wales, each being a nominee body without any statutory restriction upon the extent of nominations. In May 1917 the number of Councillors in Queensland was thirty-seven. In October 1917 thirteen appointments were made by the Governor. This increased the number of members beyond all precedent. In August 1919 three additional appointments were. made, bringing the total up to fifty. Subsequently, in February 1920, fourteen further appointments were made by the Lieutenant-Governor.