Provisional National Assembly for German Austria

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The Provisional National Assembly for German Austria (unofficially also the Vienna National Assembly ) was the first parliament of the state of German Austria . She was active in and after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy from October 21, 1918 to February 16, 1919. The last session took place on February 6, 1919, when the rules of procedure of the Constituent National Assembly were adopted. The assembly consisted of those members of the House of Representatives of the former Reichsrat elected in June 1911 , who had represented the German-speaking areas of the Austrian half of the double monarchy there. There were therefore also members of parliament whose territories were ultimately not allowed to belong to the state of German-Austria because the victorious powers of the First World War determined it differently. The 208 MPs were all men; in the 1911 election women were not yet eligible to vote.

Invitation from the emperor, foundation

On October 16, Emperor Karl I issued the proclamation with which he announced the conversion of the Austrian half of the empire into a federal state with extensive autonomy for the individual nations and invited the nationalities of Cisleithania to form national councils for this purpose. This proclamation was published on October 17th and historians call it the People's Manifesto .

Four days later, 208 self-named German Reichsrat members elected in 1911 met and constituted the Provisional National Assembly. 85 of them had been elected in areas whose membership of German Austria could not be brought about later (e.g. the last President of the House of Representatives, the Moravian MP Gustav Groß ). It soon emerged that the national councils of the other nationalities were not planning autonomous areas in an imperial Austria, but states independent of Vienna (and also proclaimed them by the end of October 1918), of which the Czechoslovak Republic, founded on October 28, 1918, with German Austria had (and was able to enforce) competing territorial claims. MPs from areas to which the German-Austrian claims had to be given up in 1919 actively participated until the end of the legislative period; Ferdinand Hanusch and Otto Glöckel - both in Bohemia - and Josef Redlich - elected in Moravia - were then active as politicians in republican Austria.

Meeting place, name, president

The first meeting on October 21, 1918
A total of 208 seats
  • SDAP : 38
  • D : 4
  • Independent: 5
  • CS : 65
  • DN : 96

The sessions of the Provisional National Assembly initially took place in the Lower Austrian Landhaus in Vienna's Herrengasse , and from November 12, 1918 in the Parliament building on Vienna's Ringstrasse .

At the first session on October 21, 1918, the members of the parliament decided on the name Provisional National Assembly for German Austria and thus the name of the state. They elected three MPs to be presidents with equal rights:

Before the meeting on October 30, 1918, Fink resigned from his presidential function, which he had assumed because of illness from Johann Hauser , prelate from Linz and chairman of the Christian Social Party, and was replaced as president by Hauser.

Provisional constitutional rules

On October 30, 1918, the Provisional National Assembly passed the resolution on the basic institutions of state power (StGBl. No. 1/1918), which can be viewed as a transitional arrangement from the monarchy to the people's state or as part of a provisional constitution. (The formal introduction of the republic remained open because the political parties had not yet reached an agreement and they wanted to avoid open conflict with the emperor or with the previous constitutional order.) On the same day, the assembly established the 23-member, including its three presidents Council of State as its executive committee, which immediately appointed the Renner I state government headed by Karl Renner . October 30, 1918 is therefore considered to be the founding day of German Austria.

On November 12, 1918, the National Assembly passed the law on the form of state and government in German Austria . According to the stenographic minutes of the meeting, President Dinghofer unanimously approved . The law is one of the essential building blocks of the Federal Constitution of the new state passed by the Constituent National Assembly in 1920 . The decision was made public by the Presidents of the Provisional National Assembly on the parliamentary ramp; The decision and announcement are referred to in historiography as the proclamation of the republic .

The first two articles of the law read:

article 1
German Austria is a democratic republic. All public powers are employed by the people.
Article 2
German Austria is part of the German Republic . Special laws regulate the participation of German Austria in the legislation and administration of the German Republic as well as the extension of the scope of application of laws and institutions of the German Republic to German Austria.

Further activity, succession

The Provisional National Assembly made many other decisions to build a democratic republic and expand workers' rights. Their decisions were published in the State Law Gazette, which was published by the State Chancellor. It can be read electronically on the web portal of the Austrian National Library on historical legal and legal texts. (The citation is usually not made according to the date of the legal gazette, but according to the consecutive number that the relevant text has received and the date of the regulation itself.)

At its last session on February 6, 1919, the Provisional National Assembly decided on the rules for its successor, elected in the first Austrian elections in which women and men could participate equally. They took place on February 16, 1919. The new parliament now called itself the Constituent National Assembly , as it had the task of creating the republican constitution of German Austria. From October 1919 on, the state was no longer called German Austria, but was designated the Republic of Austria at the instigation of the victorious powers (see Treaty of Saint-Germain , ratified by the National Assembly on October 21, 1919). With the passing of the Federal Constitutional Law on October 1, 1920, federal legislation was transferred to the National Council together with the Federal Council on November 10, 1920 .


In addition to the above-mentioned provisional transitional or constitutional rules and various tax and finance laws, the Provisional National Assembly passed the following provisions published in the State Law Gazette:



List of members of the Provisional National Assembly

See also


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Entry on Provisional National Assembly for German Austria in the Austria Forum  (in the AEIOU Austria Lexicon )
  2. neither active nor passive , see also elections in Austria # history
  3. ^ Official daily newspaper Wiener Zeitung , special edition of October 17, 1918
  4. ^ A new state: National Assembly establishes republic - MPs adopt provisional constitution , accessed on May 9, 2010
  5. 120 years of parliament building - catalog for the exhibition on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the first plenary session in the parliament building
  6. StGBl. No. 1/1918 . http: // Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  7. Law of November 12, 1918 on the form of state and government of German Austria , StGBl. No. 5/1918 ( ALEX - Historical legal and legal texts online ).
  8. Stenographic Protocol. 3rd session of the Provisional National Assembly for German Austria on November 12, 1918, p. 68