Working Man's Paradise Essay

660 WordsMar 12, 20123 Pages
Mia Capper Mr Ying “Australia in the 1900’s was a ‘working man’s paradise’.” In the 1900’s, the working conditions in Australia were very good, because of these good conditions Australia was labelled a ‘working man’s paradise’ by its citizens and people from other countries. So was Australia really a working man’s paradise or was this just a myth. There are at least four factors to consider before a judgement can be formed: pay, working conditions, working hours and living conditions. The pay in Australia was quite good compared to England and America. The pay for the working class was being improved by introducing new laws to improve the equality of their pay. For example, in 1907 Justice Higgins introduced a minimum wage for all workers. A year later the invalid and old age pensions were introduced. Like the pay, the working conditions were improving. Before 1896 it was quite dangerous to work in factories because there were no safety regulations and because of this injuries were quite common. In 1896 the ‘factories and shops’ act of New South Wales allowed the government to check the conditions of the factories and forced the factories to make improvements. In the mid-19th centenary the eight hour working day was introduced. Prior to this, workers would typically work up to twelve hours a day often without any extra pay. The Saturday half-holiday was introduced in 1900 in Queensland and New South Wales and gave workers half of every Saturday off. The commonwealth ‘maternity allowance’ act and ‘maternity allowance scheme’ was introduced in 1912 for the benefit of pregnant women. The living conditions for workers in Australia were better compared to those in England and America. Australian’s were better paid and therefore were able to afford better quality food and were able to live more comfortable lives. Although there was now a minimum

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