Before Federation, Australia was a group of six sparsely populated, self governing colonies belonging to a country on the other side of the world. Distances between the major settlements were vast and the colonies were developing like separate countries with no common goal.
After studying the reasons for and against Federation, choose the side that you believe had the better argument.
Task: Imagine you are a child in 1900. Write a persuasive letter to the Premier of the colony, advising him of your position on the Federation debate.
Remember to include:
your name, address and the date.
your opinions, with reasons and facts to support.
a solution and strong conclusion.
The Tenterfield Oration by Henry Parkes
Imagine you are a resident from Tenterfield in the 1880's.
You live close to Queensland, so you travel there frequently. When you do, you have to change train because the tracks are different between the colonies. You are also charged a tariff because you are visiting from another colony.
You hear that Henry Parkes is coming to visit your town and you go tot listen to his speech and hear his three main ideas.
How do you feel after hearing Sir Henry Parkes' speech?
The Australian Constitution
Read through The Australian Constitution Fact Sheet. A change cannot be made to the Australian Constitution without a referendum, in which a majority of voters in a majority of states vote 'yes' to the change. By 2017, there have been eight successful amendments to the Australian Constitution. Research the changes then discuss the benefit these changes have made to Australian society.