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Australian Liberal Party (Victoria)

Australian Liberal Party
FounderCharles Merrett
Founded25 December 1926
Preceded byLiberal Union
Victorian Legislative Assembly
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South Melbourne City Council
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Brunswick City Council
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(until 1932)

The Australian Liberal Party, also known as the Progressive Liberals, was an Australian political party that operated in the state of Victoria in the late 1920s.

The party was founded in 1926 in preparation for the 1927 state election.[1] It believed that the Nationalist Party had abandoned liberal principles. An urban-based party, it opposed the rural malapportionment that existed in the Victorian Legislative Assembly at the time.[2] At the election, the party succeeded in electing two of its candidates, Frederick Forrest in Caulfield and Burnett Gray in St Kilda. They were both re-elected in 1929 after withstanding strong challenges from the Nationalists.[3] Forrest died in 1930 and Gray lost his seat in 1932, and the party subsequently faded away.


  1. ^ "NEW POLITICAL PARTY". The Age.
  2. ^ "New Liberal party: its policy outlined". The Age. 25 January 1927.
  3. ^ "The state elections". The Prahran Telegraph. 6 December 1929.
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