Wright, Clare: How Australia became a nation, and women won the vote

Clare Wright

How Australia became a nation, and women won the vote‘, The Conversation, 6 June 2017

Article to mark the 120th anniversary of the Australasian Federal Convention in Adelaide (Queensland absent). Among the outcomes of the Convention was votes for women, which duly became law in 1902 in adult suffrage legislation – which also, however, stripped Indigenous Australians of citizenship rights. In the horse-trading at the Convention support for universal suffrage (effectively, votes for women) swung the vote for Federation. A ‘founding mother’ of Federation, Catherine Helen Spence, might have been seen skipping down North Terrace, though the Convention didn’t deliver everything she wanted.

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