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Voting in Australia

Extract from Australia Now (1956)

Scenes from various parts of Australia illustrate the wide range of environments and industries across the nation. This excerpt comments on the importance of voting and elections.

In 1856 South Australia became the first state in Australia where all men were given the vote (universal male suffrage), making it one of the most democratic places in the world at that time. In the same year the secret ballot — the casting of votes in secret — was introduced in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Other Australian states quickly followed.

Film Australia Collection NFSA: 543451 Documentary courtesy National Film and Sound Archive



1. What does this short film clip show? Summarise what you see and hear.

2. Does the film appear to have a main purpose or message? If so, what do you think it is?

3. Who made the film clip and when was it made? Use this information to try to work out why the film was made. Does this change what you think about the purpose of the film?

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