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The Times
The Times: and General Mining, Mercantile, and Law Reporter, for Geelong, Ballarat, Creswick, Buninyong, Avoca and All the Western Districts. ["The Ballarat Times"]
no. 56, Clara Seekamp [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], 10 March, 1855, p. 2

Here, the Ballarat Times outlines its opinion to the formation of the "Victorian Reform League" which was to be inaugurated at a meeting on the following Tuesday 13 March. The prospectus of the new league is explained as: full manhood suffrage; vote by ballot; no property qualification; payment of members of parliament; triennial parliaments; equal electoral districts; opening up of the lands of the colony. The opinion is that there is no longer any need to agitate for most of these demands. The Times argues that the committee (which has called for the new league) should concentrate on the release of state prisoners in the aftermath of the Eureka uprising and that other agitation should wait until after the proclamation of the new Victorian constitution.

The original copy of this item can be found in the "Diggings Papers" which are held at the State Library of Victoria.