The Commonwealth of Australia Today
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 8 Apr 1920, p. 169-179
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The Commonwealth of Australia Today


A general description of Australia. The traditions and history of Australia. What Australians are trying to achieve. The climate, geography, and population of Australia. Captain Cook's discovery 150 years ago. The Constitution of Australia, framed largely after that of the United States. Australia's Administration lying with the Legislature in much the same way as in Canada. Universal suffrage. The Senate. The question of Labour as a political body, dating back to the year 1890. Legislation introduced by the Federal Labour Party in Australia. The land Tax and its purpose. The Commonwealth Bank. The Compulsory Military Service Act of 1908 and its results. The conscription vote. Federal debt. The primary occupation of grazing, with some statistics. Agriculture. Exports and imports. Australia's Immigration Law with its "whites only" policy and reasons for it. The Basic Wage. Crime on the decrease in Australia. The adoption of more humane methods towards criminals. The Australian characteristic of excelling in sport. The loyalty of the Commonwealth of Australia to the British Empire.