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George Reid 18 Aug 1904 4th Prime Minister
Leader of the Opposition from 1901, GH Reid became Australia’s fourth Prime Minister in three years.
George Reid 15 Dec 1904 Arbitrating arbitration
The Conciliation and Arbitration Bill was finally enacted, establishing a federal Conciliation and Arbitration Court. The Bill put two Prime Ministers out of office.
George Reid 24 May 1905 Empire Day
Britain decided to continue the public celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday after the end of her 64-year reign in 1901. Following this lead, George Reid made Empire Day a national event in Australia. It remained a public holiday until 1958.