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Defining Moments: Australian Federation

Australia federated in 1901. See this defining moment in Australia’s history brought to life, as told by historian David Hunt.


1. What groups supported the idea of Federation and what were their arguments in favour of this change?

2. Who was Henry Parkes and what role did he play in helping the push towards Federation?

3. The narrator calls the new Australian Constitution that was drafted in the 1890s a ‘Frankenstein constitution’. What do you think he means by this?