Category Archives: Australian History

Whatever happened to the #feminist movement of the late-1960s and early 1970s in Australia? #PLT110

Whatever happened to the feminist movement of the late-1960s and early 1970s in Australia? The Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) in Australia officially started in 1972, riding on a global wave of the feminist movement. Lobbying for women’s rights and presenting … Continue reading

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Should Australia become a republic? #PLT110 #ausrepublic

Should Australia become a republic? If so, what difference would it make? I have always believed that Australia should become a republic. One of my fundamental motivations for this view is the desire for Australia to be truly independent, breaking our … Continue reading

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Why did Australia federate? #PLT110 #Federation

Why did Australia federate?   Australia decided to federate because prior to 1901, it did not exist as a sovereign nation. The motivation to bring the colonies together included the need to construct a greater domestic market via eliminating tariff … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as an #AustralianIdentity ? If so, when and how did it develop? #PLT110

Is there such a thing as an ‘Australian identity’? If so, when and how did it develop? I find this to be a difficult question to definitively answer. Stereotypical answers would include phrases and words like ‘the lucky country’, ‘mateship’, … Continue reading

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RE: Is Australian support for the #WarOnTerror essential to our ‘national security’? #PLT110

Is Australian support for the War on Terror essential to our ‘national security’? How does this conflict compare to the wars that Australia has previously participated in? Wow! I have enjoyed reading everyone’s perspectives surrounding this question. I have to … Continue reading

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RE: Should Australia have taken part in the #VietnamWar? #PLT110

Q: Should Australia have taken part in the Vietnam War? A: I understand all the reasons Australia should or shouldn’t have participated in the Vietnam war… and everyone has, thus far, made valid contentions for either side of this debate. But, no … Continue reading

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Ugh! The #WhiteAustralia policy… #PLT110

I never understood this one… we’re all human no matter what colour or creed we are. This policy is the part of Australia’s history I will always be ashamed of. Of course, our current Prime Minister is working on topping that one too… … Continue reading

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