The Picket Line — 16 June 2012

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THE CHRONICLE. TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 1840. TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.

16 June 1840, Australasian Chronicle (Sydney, NSW : 1839 - 1843), page 2

Taxation Without Representation. Whatever improvements may be made in our body politic during the present session of council, one determination seems to pervade the minds of those at the helm of affairs — a determination to tax the colonists both in town and country. In addition to the bill for instituting corporations, with the provisions of which our readers are already acquainted, the Governor has brought forward another bill, for the purpose of appointing rural corporations, under the name of Police Commissioners, with power to levy rates for the support of police and the improvement of roads, &c. Now, as we have before said in…

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COLONIAL TIMES AND TASMANIAN. HOBART TOWN. DECEMBER 22. 1854. VICTORIA.

22 December 1854, Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857), page 2

…This next comes from the 22 December 1854 Colonial Times (excerpts):…

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UNPAID INCOME TAX. MAYOR'S PASSIVE RESISTANCE. DARWIN, September 17.

18 September 1919, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), page 9

Unpaid Income Tax. Mayor’s Passive Resistance. Darwin. September 17 . On Wednesday morning , before Mr. E. C. Playford, S.M., Robert Toupein (Mayor of Darwin) was charged on an unsatisfiied judgment summons with the nonpayment of his income tax. Defendant admitted owing the money, but stated that he declined on principle to pay taxation until people resident in the Northern Territory were granted political representation. An order was made for payment forthwith, but no payment has yet been made.…

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THE TERRITORY. TAX RESISTERS PROSECUTED. MELBOURNE, May 8.

9 May 1921, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), page 5

Tax Resisters Prosecuted. Melbourne. May 8 . Recent threats from residents of the Northern Territory that they will refuse to pay taxes until they have been given the right to send a representative to the Federal Parliament, have had little effect on the authorities, and in the Court at Darwin to-morrow a batch of property owners will be called to pay or give reasons why they should be excused. Not all residents have taken up this defiant attitude, and the Secretary to the Department for Home and Territories (Mr. J. G. McLaren) said on Saturday that the large holders of land paid without…

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INCOME TAX RESISTERS. Court Orders Imprisonment.

3 June 1921, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 8

Income Tax Resisters. Court Orders Imprisonment. Darwin ( N.T. ) , Thursday . — Several leading unionists were before the Court this morning on charges of not having paid their income tax, and were ordered to be imprisoned for 28 days, without hard labour. The order for committal has not yet been put in execution, and the defendants are still at large.…

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PASSIVE RESISTANCE AT DARWIN MORE RESIDENTS GAOLED FOR REFUSING TO PAY TAX SYDNEY LABOR COUNCIL ACTS Sydney, Friday.

17 June 1921, Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), page 1

Passive Resistance at Darwin More Residents Gaoled for Refusing to Pay Tax Sydney Labor Council Acts Sydney, Friday . The New South Wales Trades and Labor Council last night carried a motion of protest against the imprisonment of a number of residents at Port Darwin for refusing to pay Federal income tax. This action was taken in response to the following wire from union officials at Darwin:— “Eleven more residents appeared before the court to-day for refusing to pay tax until they receive representation. Mr. Nelson (secretary of the A.W.U. ), Mr. Brennan (secretary of the A.M.I.E.U. ), and four others, received 28 days’…

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RESISTANCE TO INCOME TAX. LITHGOW, July 28.

29 July 1921, The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), page 8

Resistance to Income Tax. Lithgow , July 28 . The western miners will probably soon sound a call to arms, as the whole of the lodges in the west are being asked to express an opinion as follows: “That we, members of the western district of the Coal and Shale Employees’ Federation, ask the general secretary to get into touch with the executive officers of all industrial organisations in Australia, with a view of obtaining co-operation in refusing to pay State or Federal income tax on wages of £300 or under per annum; also, in the event of a motion being carried, and any…

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RESISTING INCOME TAX. HIGHER EXEMPTION WANTED. MINERS' DECISION. LITHGOW, Wednesday.

18 August 1921, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 6

Resisting Income Tax. Higher Exemption Wanted. Miners’ Decision. Lithgow , Wednesday . So far all the western miners’ lodges which have dealt with the proposal to exercise passive resistance to the income tax, unless the exemption is raised to £300, have unanimously endorsed the scheme. Only two lodges have yet to deal with the matter, after which the proposal will be sent to the general secretary of the federation for endorsement by the central council. The secretaries of all the industrial organisations in Australia will be written to and requested to resist payment of both Federal and State taxes unless the exemption is…

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TERRITORY TAXATION. The Resistance Campaign. Darwin, Sept. 1.

2 September 1921, The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), page 8

Territory Taxation. The Resistance Campaign. Darwin. Sept. 1 . In the Darwin Local Court. to-day, before a Special Magistrate (Mr. Playford) five people were charged with refusing to pay their income tax. Four of the cases were adjourned at the request of the Taxation Commissioner’s solicitor, who was up country. The Magistrate granted an adjournment without hearing the defendants. In the remaining case the defendant received the maximum penalty of forty days’ imprisonment. The total number of residents imprisoned for refusal to pay income tax is now twenty of whom seven are in prison. The ex-Mayor (Mr. Toupin) and Mr. Bakling, who…

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UNFORTUNATE HUMORIST.

27 September 1921, Northern Standard (Darwin, NT : 1921 - 1955), page 1

Unfortunate Humorist. Joe Cook is a most unfortunate humorist. Speaking of the Lithgow miners’ passive resistance to income tax unless the exemption is raised to at least £300, Joseph said he “would himself be a passive resister if he thought it would be any good.” What an inspiration to public-spiritedness! How well calculated to make a Lithgow miner feel ashamed of himself to be told that the Treasurer of the Commonwealth would gladly evade the income-tax if he could!…