The Conservative Party's Victorian Senate candidate Kevin Bailey is preparing for next year's federal election by touring regional Victoria, holding meetings with interested groups and explaining the Conservative Party message.
This week he visited the site of the Eureka Stockade rebellion in Ballarat, Victoria, where in December 1854, gold miners who sought various reforms, notably the abolition of mining licenses—clashed with government forces.
It was named for the rebels’ hastily constructed fortification in the Eureka goldfield. The Eureka Stockade is the most-celebrated rebellion in Australian history.
The rebellion was the culmination of long-standing grievances on the part of the miners, or “diggers,” over exorbitant prospecting-license fees, brutal police procedures for collecting those fees, lack of the vote, and lack of representation in parliament.
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