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What are the conditions which determine the just and equitable representation of the people?

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posted on 2023-11-22, 09:05 authored by Robert Mackenzie Johnston
To secure a just and equitable representation of the people in Parliament is a matter which has at all times engaged the attention of thoughtful, practical legislators, and of great thinkers. That the idealist should be far in advance of the practical legislator is what we must naturally expect ; for in their ideal schemes of " The Best Form of Government," or " The Best Form of Representation," the former may easily overlook or surmount obstacles by assumptions which are not open to the practical legislator who attempts to reduce any ideal to practice. If knowledge and justice were synonymous, there would be less difficulty as regards the attainment of an ideally perfect representation, for this might be secured by basing the electorate upon some common fixed minimum standard of education


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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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