Rodney Smith, Against the Machines: Minor Parties and Independents in NSW 1910-2006.
Rodney Smith, Against the Machines: minor parties and independents
in NSW 1910-2006, Federation Press, Sydney, 2006, ix + 238 pages; ISBN 978 1 86287 623 1.
The ALP and coalition Liberals and Nationals have dominated but not
monopolised NSW politics since the election of three independents in
1910. The three immediately formed themselves into a party called the
Democrats. From this start Rodney Smith takes us through the turbulent
Lang years, the post-war DLP, and more recent groups such as the
Australian Democrats, Greens, Call to Australia and One Nation. He also
looks at key independents like Frank Purdue, Douglas Darby, John Hatton
and Ted Mack. With independents gaining new popularity, it is
instructive to look at how their predecessors have fared in the bearpit
on Macquarie Street.