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The federal parliamentary Labor Party, 1910.

The federal parliamentary Labor Party, 1910.

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17 Sep 1914 Prime Minister for the 3rd time
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22 Sep 1951 Referendum on Communism
18 Sep 2013 28th Prime Minister
15 Sep 2015 29th Prime Minister

"Liberal always, radical often and reactionary never."

Alfred Deakin on forming a Liberal Party , 1908