The Federation of Australia

The Federation of Australia
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  • 1889, Henry Parkes says that Australia needs a national government with durable decision-making by the Australian people, so the colonies are defended.
  • I say that Australia needs a national government with durable decision-making by the Australian people, so the colonies are properly defended.
  • 1891, The first Constitution Convention is held in Sidney where the members were appointed to write the initial draft of the Commonwealth constitution.
  • Thank you for all attending. We choose you people to write the FIRST DRAFT  OF THE COMMONWEALTH CONSTITUTION.
  • Great!
  • Yes!
  • The first people convention at Corowa decides that everyone in the six colonies of Australia have to vote for the acceptance of the new Constitution.
  • What is the point in this.
  • I think it's a great idea!
  • Wow exciting!
  • I don't understand why we need it.
  • 1898, It was time for voting! People from the six colonies, apart from Western Australia and Queensland, had to attend the referendum (a referendum is a vote by the electorat on a political question which later the people have to vote 'yes' or 'no' to). In SA women were allowed to vote. It passed everywhere apart from NSW which didn't reach the set amount of 'yes' votes.
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes
  • 1899, the referendum is held again, Western Australia not taking part, and the decision passes in every colony.
  • Yes
  • YES! WE PASSED!
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 1900, finally Western Australia takes part in the referendum and votes 'yes'. Women were also allowed to vote
  • The year after, 1 January 1901, the six known colonies federated to become the Commonwealth of Australia and a new nation was created! 
  • YES
  • Whoopee! Australia is finally a new nation, Mate!
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