Australian Political Developments 1901-1914
After the federation of the colonies, during the period 1901 to 1914 Australia had several major political developments which affected the Australian society dramatically. One of these developments was "The Immigration Restriction Act 1901" which stopped immigrants from the surrounding Asian countries. Another important development was "The Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902" which made Australia one of the first places in the world to grant women the right to vote.
Australia was a new nation of mainly white people of European origin and isolated in a region where there were very few other white races. There was a real sense of insecurity and a growing fear of the large numbers of Asian people to the north. Australia not only had a distrust of other races but also believed that they were a much more superior race. In 1901 "The Immigration Restriction Act" was passed by the federal government. "The Immigration Restriction Act" was the key part of "The White Australia Policy" aimed at excluding all non-European migrants by using a Dictation Test. …
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