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The remarks of one historian, Stuart Macintyre, have a contemporary ring: 'turn-of-century liberals brought social justice to the forefront of Australian politics because they considered it vital to national cohesion and purpose'. 6 More important than the extent of these measures was the form they took, which set the pattern for at least the next half-century. The aim was to provide only a safetynet for those outside the labour market. Thus, benefits were noncontributory but subject to a means test.

343-S2. 2S. A. Giddens, Central Problems in Social Theory, Macmillan London, p. 8, quoted by Abrams, below, p. xvii. 26. P. Abrams, Historical Sociology, Cornell University Press, New York, 1982. 27. Zaret, p. 118. 28. Ted Wheelwright, of course, professes Political Economy. He might claim, with some justice, to have been 'doing' Historical Sociology for thirty years. 29. E. }. Hobsbawm, 'The Contribution of History to Social Science', International Social Science Journal xxxiii, 4, 1981, pp. 624ff.

118-9. I acknowledge a general debt to this article. 22. Fernand Braude! (translated by S. Matthews), On History, University of Chicago Press, 1980, Part 2. 23. T. ), Vision and Method in Historical Sociology, Cambridge University Press, 1984, pp. 392-410. 24. , Ch. 9; Immanuel Wallerstein, 'A World-system Perspective on the Social Sciences', British Journal of Sociology 27, 3, September 1976, pp. 343-S2. 2S. A. Giddens, Central Problems in Social Theory, Macmillan London, p. 8, quoted by Abrams, below, p.

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