Essay on The Labour Policies For A Viable Nation State

1612 Words Aug 28th, 2016 7 Pages
The beginning of the social democratic decade saw the first Labour government been elected in to govern New Zealand in 1935 with Michael Joseph Savage as Prime Minister. Peter Fraser then took over from 1940, however prior to this position, he was the Minister of Education from 1935 to 1940. Along with the new Government been elected in, Peter Fraser saw the election victory as an opportunity for social reforms to be implemented on the nation to build a viable nation state. Such reforms included the Labour housing schemes in 1930. Before the Labour government party was elected in, the Liberal Government had attempted to provide state housing in 1905. This was later expanded and continued by the new Labour government in the 1930’s. The aim of this scheme was to assist citizens into affordable, healthy and community-orientated homes to avoid the issue of slums developing in cities. (Kelly, 2016) Housing was purposely built in clusters to create a community-orientated area where people could meet each other. In addition to this, schools were built nearby the housing developments so that it was accessible and to once again reinforce the idea of community. During the post-war era this scheme grew popular within New Zealand as number of people did increase. The immunization scheme was also another social reform implemented by the Labour government. This reform allowed the public to raise immunity to the the typhoid disease present at the time. These reforms all contributed to…

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